One of the unexpected surprises from last year’s SXSW was Jane Weaver. She’s a British multi-disciplinary artist whose album The Silver Globe took its time reaching our shores, but its circuitous path seemed to mirror her own music. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, and fellow British space-rockers Doves and Elbow are all fans of her, and for good reason. Weaver constructs gleaming, electro-pop epics that are still smudged by her fingertips, futuristic and human at the same time.
Weaver’s new song, “Slow Motion,” is the perfect example of this technique. The keyboards sound homemade, like a kid’s music box come to life, but Weaver’s soaring voice pushes it to new heights. “I can disappear, I can disappear,” she coolly sings, sounding immediately at home with her conjured atmosphere.
“Slow Motion” appears on Modern Kosmology, out May 19.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX