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Jane And Barton: A truly scary album. In a nice way. - The Audiophile Man
Title: Jane And Barton Label: Optic Nerve It’s A Fine Day. Remember it? If you don’t now then you will after listening to it for the first few seconds. Actually, HERE is a quick video link to remind you – see you in a minute… I don’t know. There was something about the lazy musings and distracted manner of Jane Barton’s singing on this track that I found immensely unsettling. The track, a single and poem created by Edward Barton, was the duo’s highest placed single (reaching No 5 in the Indie chart of the time and the highest placed chart entry for any unaccompanied poem) featured Jane Lancaster and nothing else. No instruments. Nothing. It talked about life and its fine details and sounds positively ghostly. It’s as if…as if you’re waiting for the axe to fall. It’s too pleasant. This reissue of the 1983 album arrives as a 10″ vinyl/CD combo (the CD has two bonus tracks). I only had access to the CD for this piece. I find this creation still startling. Still unique in its presentation. Still haunting. In fact, ‘still’ is part of the album in itself because silence is a major factor in the arrangements …