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Skimming Stones

by Weave

Female vocals creating lyrical imagery and melodies, combined with acoustic guitar,cello,mandolin, bass and percussion.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Secrets
3:57 $1.59
2. Night Visitor
4:38 $1.59
3. Shine
3:32 $1.59
4. Seaham Harbour
4:02 $1.59
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Female vocals,acoustic guitar,cello and mandolin, create imagery and melodies.
Weave have come forward launching a self-assured EP that is confident at tackling the intricacies of acoustic music and folk on it's own terms by establishing a distinct and identifiable sound. It has a good level of polish and is encouraging to see the inspiration drawn from other genres that are spread across the 4 tracks on this disc.
The tracks start on a seductive note with a series of flirtatious blues hooks in "Secrets" and then a private liaison in "Night Visitor". 60's jangly folk/pop with Shine, concluding with the folkiest of the tracks here, Seaham Harbour.

First track "Secrets" is an intriguing, pacey number somewhere between a folk mainstay hit and a film noire featurette.
Here Jo Nettleton has a touch of a jazz-age Shirley Manson or even Metric's Emma Haine in her voice but unlike the flame haired grunge mistress mentioned there is an added brightness not characteristic of these grittier songstresses.
The lightness appears within, much like in the films where you see the car headlights moving past the gaps in a private investigator's blinds, you can almost smell the smoking cigar as the singer pleads for her case to be heard, "I drew the detail of your profile, I recognised the colour of your eyes". Gemma Tilley's cello and the the heavy drum alongside the base strings are great additions that inject a rhythmic, tone alongside the breezy chorus. This brings a good balance of sounds to the track as well as it being a catchy number in itself and very good opener.

"Night Visitor" is a calmer affair and sensual song, Nettleton has a soft voice which emphasises the romance and the warmth of two individuals. The moving percussion and strings illustrate the safety of the night and silence of evening.
It is a well-produced track which is like the quiet warmth of feeling that comes following the first track's "seduction at sight" scene.

"Shine" trades the intimacy of "Night visitor" for a more pop-laden track with one foot clearly in the Sixties and another within a recognisable Western guitar riff. It has an impressive number of jangly percussive instruments including the crash of expectant cymbals before the fade towards the end of the track which is pure 'dream like' psychedelia.

Seaham Harbour" is a love-letter to the UK coastal town Seaham, paying homage to Byron and Annabella.
The sea feels ever present with the tide samples and the airy and twisting touch of the mandolin which gives it a free, unconfined feeling. It is a simple song which in it's simplicity describes in detail, is it's strength. This allows the focus to turn to Jo Nettleton's voice which fits the staple of liberty in it's smooth delivery, it's imagery lingers like the heat on the seashore rocks which is an achievement.
It is an interesting reminscence of the sea and love and a strongly recommended track on this disc.

by Peter Taranaski
Fatea Music Magazine.



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