(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #384 and #385: Jane Weaver and Holly Macve

By on Thursday, 10th March 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: we’re making some exciting changes in the way we cover SXSW 2016 this year, especially in the way we preview all the bands that we want to introduce you to before the big event in Austin in March. Read all about our big plans here.

As promised in my earlier article on feminism at SXSW 2016, I’m rounding off my SXSW preview coverage with a feature on two female solo artists scheduled to showcase in Austin next week. Both Jane Weaver (pictured at top) and Holly Macve have recently received funding from the PRS for Music Foundation, Weaver specifically for her trip to SXSW, and Macve for the completion of her upcoming debut LP.

Manchester’s Jane Weaver has transformed herself many times throughout the course of her nearly 20-year career in music. She started out with pop group Kill Laura, then formed an electronic folk project called Misty Dixon while simultaneously branching off as a solo artist. Her extensive back catalogue includes five previous solo albums, as well as a multitude of collaborations and side projects. Her current sixth album ‘The Silver Globe’ was released back in 2014 via her own label imprint Bird Records, which purposefully aims to “cultivate and promote Manchester’s lesser-documented female musicians”. Last year, Weaver re-released a deluxe edition of the album that contains an additional disc of new material.

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Weaver’s light, ethereally floating vocal tones are easy on the ear, but her musical accompaniment has a very deliberate edge. The electropop backing to songs like ‘Mission Desire’ and ‘The Electric Mountain’ is powerfully percussive and rhythmically propulsive, even through the shining haze of synths and electric guitars. Leading into SXSW 2016, Weaver’s track ‘I Need a Connection’ has been featured by Austin radio station KUTX as its Song of the Day, as well as by NPR on its SXSW preview list The Austin 100.  The song’s breezy lyrics are, appropriately enough, about redefining one’s own self-image, and the repeated lines in the coda, “I want to protect you / I want to impress you / I want to suggest how I’m sending the message” linger in the memory long after the song fades away.

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In comparison to the veteran Weaver, 20-year-old Holly Macve is a mere babe in the music business. Hailing from Brighton and recently signed by Simon Raymonde for Bella Union Records, Macve lists female heavy-hitters Billie Holliday and Gillian Welch among her influences, along with the more obvious Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. To my own ear, Macve’s shadowy songwriting and emotionally evocative vocals are similar to those of Laura Marling, though perhaps without the bitter aftertaste. Macve’s haunting demo version of ‘The Corner of My Mind’ is starkly captivating, while her recently unveiled track ‘We Don’t Know Where We’re Going’ realises the full potential of what she can achieve in the studio. We look forward to checking out both of these leading ladies in Austin next week.

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