Review: When she first emerged in the 1970s, Italian-American composer Suzanna Ciani was one of a new breed of musicians experimenting with electronic instruments and the potential of synthesizers. Her commercial debut, 1982's Seven Waves, has long been considered something of a synth-wave classic; a delightfully melodic take on synth-wave that, 30 years on, has lost none of its charm or quality. This 30th anniversary remaster presents the essential original album in all its faux new-age glory, alongside all 13 tracks from Voices of Packaged Souls, Ciani's near-legendary private-press debut from 1970. Altogether sparser and more intense than Seven Waves, it pushes the boundaries of composition and experimentation, sitting somewhere between Stockhausen and the Radiophonic Workshop.
Review: 2015's 'The Silver Globe' was a breakthrough success for Jane Weaver, using its combination of krautrock-infused groove, exotica-tinged atmosphere and blissed-out songcraft to weave a skilful and mesmerising web of sound. Yet Weaver barely seems to be pausing for breath, and this compendium of melodic nous, radiant synthscapes and third-eye-friendly revelation - comprising newer material such as the drop-dead Saint-Etienne-esque pop banger 'I Need A Connection', remixes and work by artists like Horrors man Tom Furse and synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani - are another jewel in the crown of this modern psych-pop queen.