The album begins with ambient sounds like a whale call suffused in a sea of sound, which segues into Argent - a rhythm guitar track with Weaver’s ethereal vocals, like if the theme tune of Space 1999 or Buck Rogers was vocalised with folkadelia from a questionably utopian society with even more questionable dress sense, and it’s marvellous.
Don’t Take My Soul is an eerie synth laden piece with jangling guitars that lend it a feeling of prog and Weaver’s own voice layered under her haunting lead vocals acting as an otherworldly chorus.
Mission Desire with its transcendent guitars and warped instrumentals lends it a feeling of weightlessness and out of body experience as Weaver’s dreamlike vocals drift over the sonic plain, repeating the haunting refrain “Call mission desire/ Am I still awake?/Am I still alive?” reminding me of the feeling of dislocation, lack of balance and ambiguity of being asleep, awake or even alive reminiscent of Ziggy Stardust. Folk from the future, reminiscent of the sumptuous soundscapes of 70’s SF, with a little Bowie and Goldfrapp thrown in for good measure. If you want to hear what the future sounds like through the filter of psychedelic folk then you should definitely make the time to listen to The Silver Globe and go and see Jane Weaver at Sound City. Trust me, she’s worth the experience.
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