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The Fallen By Watch Bird
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CD

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BMS 022CD BMS 022CD
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8/5/2014

2010 release. Taking influences from Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, '70s television music and early murmers of '80s synth-pop The Fallen By Watch Bird is a new conceptual pop project featuring seven chapters of cosmic aquatic folklore by songwriter Jane Weaver (Misty Dixon/Bird Records/B-Music). Combining the sonic sisterhood of seven other musical actresses drawn from the past 40 years of soft-rock and femme-folk history under the collective moniker "Septieme Soeur," the new LP features rare appearances from Wendy & Bonnie (harmonic creators of '60s soft psych teen-pop rarity Genesis), Lisa Jen (starry-eyed Welsh language volk singer and female voice of Gruff Rhys' Candylion), Susan Christie (1969 Philadelphian top-10 pop starlet whose lost acoustic pop recordings were eventually released by Finders Keepers in 2006) alongside traditional Bosnian singer Behar and members of Misty Dixon. Casually alluding to a floating storyline based around missing seamen, telekinesis, avian messengers, white witchkraft and death & re-birth, Jane's fifth release is her first fully-realized concept album. Sharing themes explored in her acclaimed 2002 LP Like an Aspen Leaf (recorded with members of the embryonic band Elbow) The Fallen By Watch Birdalso revisits collaborative production techniques explored alongside Dave Tyack in her previous synth-fueled girl-group band Misty Dixon, which drew comparisons to American Spring and Suicide in shining reviews across the board. The project, recorded sporadically over a two-year hiatus was initially conceived after assembling a one-off supergroup featuring Susan Christie and Wendy Flower under the direction of Andy Votel and Sean Ohagan as part of Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival in 2007. The Fallen By Watch Bird is a rare foray into the public eye for Miss Weaver, after leaving a trail of carefully-placed musical crumbs marking her retreat from Manchester's municipal public-eye as one-time omnipresent ambassador of Manchester's vibrant indie scene as part of New Order's management team, recording early singles with leading Mancunian cinematic alt-rock group Doves.