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Weaves - Wide Open (Album Review)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo:  Brendan George Ko

Weaves’ debut hit home thanks to a stack of offbeat melodies and vocalist Jasmyn Burke’s wonderfully quirky vocals, which amounted to a diverse, genre-defying affair. ‘Wide Open’ finds them treading their own path once again, but this time the rough edges have been smoothed out even as the eccentricity is dialled up to 10.

Throughout Burke is self-assured and she truly flourishes when the record’s instrumentation is stripped back. On Scream, for example, she combines with throat singer Tanya Tagaq as the pair push a palpable sense of urgency.

It is not just Burke who has evolved as a performer, though. The backing created by guitarist Morgan Waters, drummer Spencer Cole and bassist Zach Bines is wildly varied, borrowing influences from over-the-top pop, punk, indie and funk. There have always been many strings to Weaves’ bow, but here the execution is more precise and impressive than we have seen previously.

On Slicked no one instrument takes the lead, with drum fills stealing as much focus as guitar riffs, while Law and Panda is a more traditionally guitar-led cut. The title track, though, pares things down to complement the vulnerability of Burke’s lyrics.

‘Wide Open’ sees the singer ditching the metaphors in favour of candid commentary. “I was a stranger inside of my body, I want to perish down on my knees,” she sings as the opening line of the album. The result is a record that is considered, but also brazen and musically unique. Weaves are in a league of their own.

Weaves Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon November 13 2017 - CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Tue November 14 2017 - LEICESTER Musician
Wed November 15 2017 - GLASGOW King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Thu November 16 2017 - LEEDS Oporto
Fri November 17 2017 - MANCHESTER Eagle Inn
Sat November 18 2017 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Think Tank?
Sun November 19 2017 - BIRMINGHAM Hare And Hounds
Mon November 20 2017 - BRISTOL Crofters Rights
Tue November 21 2017 - LONDON Oslo
Wed November 22 2017 - BRIGHTON Green Door Store

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