The Fallen By Watch Bird really shouldn't be very good, for several reasons. For a start, it's a concept album based around a fantastical/ridiculous tale of magic, romance and death. There's two lovers, you see, and they communicate using birds, and one of them gets shipwrecked, and then...well, the story's a bit silly. When you factor in Weaver's reliance upon obscure guest stars (Wendy and Bonnie, anyone?) and a press release citing the album's chief influences as 'Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic Kunstm"rchen, 70's television music and early murmers of 80's synth pop', you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's almost certainly a precious, pretentious mess. Against the odds, though, Weaver has succeeded in creating something which is more than the sum of its parts, a half-decent folk record which, at its best, possesses an otherworldly charm.
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