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'The music on this debut EP positively bristles with confidence and a subtle creativity that goes beyond simple well-crafted takes on acoustic and folk models. Each of the four tracks has an individual sound and approach. Night Visitor is an original reworking of the traditional folk scenario, which near the end quotes a verse from the multi-versioned song the title normally evokes, whereas Seaham Harbour is a gentle shoreline meditation on love and peace (and whose lyric gives the EP its title). Opening number Secrets has more of a lazy, torchy-jazz-cum-40s-noir-cinema demeanour, showcasing Jo’s seductive vocal work and Charles’ neat acoustic guitar fills, while third track Shine probably owes more to the breezy, upbeat side of late-60s acid-folk. Each track makes good use of Gemma’s intelligent cello playing as a fuller counterpoint to the lovingly intricate yet solidly assured instrumental textures provided by the rest of the team. This is one element that gives Weave a fairly distinctive sound, yet I can’t really draw any ready comparisons or provide easy reference points. Having said that, I do hear some resonance of the sound and balance of early (by which I mean first-album) Fairport, that kind of nascent electric-folk era, in the overall sound-picture they conjure'.
'Delicate acoustic guitar, cello, mandolin and female vocals provide beautiful 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 it is encouraging to see in a 4 track disc the inspiration drawn from other genres that are spread across the different numbers. The tracks start on a seductive note with a series of flirtatious blues hooks in "Secrets" and a private liaison in "Night Visitor" but then the band showcases their diversity and move towards more 60's folk/pop with ''Shine'' and then a gentle folk sound with last track "Seaham Harbour"