Search

Album review: Weaves – Wide Open

PUBLISHED: 11:45 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 07 November 2017

Album review: Weaves – Wide Open

Album review: Weaves – Wide Open

Archant

Quirky indie-rockers strengthen their stake towards the genre’s more exciting, adventurous fringes.

Weaves’ first record set the bar high, being shortlisted for Canada’s equivalent to the Mercury Prize.

And they’re certainly capable of inspired creative moments – check out their stilted, percussive cover of The Beatles’ Help! – so Wide Open arrives with expectations high.

As lead single #53 attests, they’re not afraid to mainline heavy doses of simple pop motifs, and there’s plenty of fun offered in the taut, glam-rock bass bounce and handclaps of Slicked and the bucking drums and frenzied guitar of closing gambit Puddle.

The quartet’s raucous guitar, clattering drums and boundless energy – not to mention singer Jasmyn Burke’s scowls and yelps – recall Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Law And Panda.

The title track strives for a sense of vulnerability, wide-eyed wonder and confusion at the world and its possibilities, before making way for the excellently ominous, loping and theatrical Scream, featuring primal vocals from Tanya Tagaq. An album highlight with a Tom Waits air, it revels in an aural pigsty of guttural grunts and spoken word, bloopy synths, abrasive guitar, upfront drums and crashing cymbals.

A promising progression.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 18:46

County Championship Division Two, day three: Northamptonshire (346) trail Middlesex (187 & 374-9) by 215 runs

Yesterday, 18:00

London Lions have captured six foot ten inch big man Kervin Bristol in a massive coup for the club following his season with Vytautas in Lithuania last year.

Yesterday, 18:27

Four former friends on trial for murder have turned against each other in the dock at the Old Bailey, with one accused of calling another a “snitch” in graffiti on a prison toilet wall.

Yesterday, 17:00

The former Spurs striker enjoyed a two-and-a-half year spell at White Hart Lane

Yesterday, 16:59

Gillett Square in Dalston hosted an annual skateboarding festival at the weekend, raising £1,750 for a charity that aims to bring boarding to Palestine’s youth.

Yesterday, 14:00

The left-back talked up the potential of Myles Judd, Dan Happe and Marvin Ekpiteta after Saturday’s win

Yesterday, 13:56

As students picked up A-level results at BSix College, one former pupil was on hand to inspire those that weren’t in a celebratory mood.

Yesterday, 12:00

The 50-year-old reflected on the Premier League loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists