Boomkat Product Review:
Soaring new age electronica from Londoner Jo Johnson - a co-organiser of the Bleep43 club/label and former guitarist for riot grrl act, Huggy Bear. Taking flight on Seattle's Further Records, 'Weaving' pays tribute to myriad composers, from Alice Coltrane to Laurie Spiegel and arch minimalists, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, whilst also informed by an anthropological theory stating that musical ability predates language in humans. With that in mind, 'Weaving' works thru a starategy of ostensibly simple/primordial, and acutely mesmerising moiré patterns that unfold across the sound-field with lysergic logic, from the strobing intricacies of 'Ancestral Footsteps' to the crystal clear diction of 'Words Came After Music' and the extended inward journeys, 'In the Shadow of the Workhouse', and the sky-melting cascade of 'Silver Threads'. Most crucially. however, Jo avoids the pitfalls of so much new age cheese by virtue of her well-versed minimalist simplicity - her tiered harmonies and mercurial melody rarely feel cloying or cluttered, and in turn her esoteric message is conveyed cool and clear. This is the best release we've heard on Further for ages.