Folk Festival 2019
Weaves aren’t fans of the straightforward approach. Big, brash and catchy as they are, they’re inclined to take the roundabout route, attacking their music from consistently unexpected angles. One minute they’re bouncing through high-energy indie-pop, the next they’re putting their own counter-intuitive spin on soul and sultry R&B, tossing in a funk-inflected bassline and thrashing drums for good measure. Threading the needle between musical experimentation and pop satisfaction is no easy task but Weaves make it look effortless — a knack that has earned them two spots apiece on the Juno Award and Polaris Prize shortlists.
Built around singer Jasmyn Burke’s outsized vocals and Morgan Waters’ shapeshifting guitar lines, Weaves’ sound is both expansive and instantly recognizable. As songwriters, they’re fascinated by hooks — not just writing them, but dismantling them, rearranging them, and reconstituting them into something new. You can hear it in their covers where they take on tracks from Arcade Fire, One Direction and the Beatles and stitch them into their own musical tapestry. But attention-grabbing as those can be, their originals are where Weaves truly shine, lacing boundless creativity and countless surprises into shimmering pop structures. Bright, colourful and always unpredictable, Weaves’ tangled musical web is well worth getting caught in.
Biography by Peter Hemminger
A solo performance
Saturday July 27, 2019
9:05 PM – 10:15 PM · NATIONAL Twilight Stage