he New York Times recently said Jane Siberry’s “music and ideas move in tandem, a philosophy of developing and giving and changing, filtered through an intense sentimentality that takes surreal, spiritual and comic turns,” and this point is proven true on her forthcoming LP, ‘Angels Bend Closer’ (Sheeba Music). ‘Angels Bend Closer’ is the “Toronto creative pioneer’s” (The Guardian) first official album in five years, out November 18.
Recorded with engineer Michael Verdick (Eagles, Madonna, John Lennon), ‘Angels Bend Closer’ is an event, ushering in a new era for an artist whose music has been a staple of the art pop world for over three decades. Inspired by the celebration of love, Siberry aims to stir the core of the human condition, uniquely sung as only she can.
‘Angels Bend Closer’ is a timeless incantation and poetic journey, discussing the past, present, and future, flowing between intimate introspection and unrequited love, sometimes in the same song. Opening track “Walk On Water” sets the scene with lyrics filled with double meaning, with Siberry standing on the precipice of a sea in search of universal love. She is a visual artist with her words, illustrating the condition of love with lines like “let me be a living statue holding all that life does send” on “Living Statue” or “when you lose your taste for salt you won’t look back” on “Everything You Knew As A Child.” As she has done throughout her career, she leans on her voice, piano, and guitar, but stretches her repertoire even further with the Kate Bush-esqe funk of “Anytime (R&B)” and the ambient pop of “Hide Not Your Light,” calling to mind Brian Eno’s ‘Another Green World.’
Siberry also worked with longtime friend K. D. Lang (who sings on “Living Statue”), who said of their collaboration: “Going inside the inner workings of Jane Siberry, one has to be prepared to be stretched. Following the whims and the wishes of a truly great artist. Taking you outside your own limits and then giving you, inevitably, free rein. Fascinating.”
‘Of the record, Siberry lays it out in her own words: “‘Angels Bend Closer’ is a journey of the heart…songs that will ‘dance on the palm of your spirit’ and make your heart sing as we live the hope of the future today.”
She will play two shows in the US this year, at Amoeba Music Hollywood on Thursday, November 17, and at The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Friday, December 2.
The Toronto-born Jane Siberry began playing piano at the age of four, and has since released over 20 albums. She has contributed songs to film and television, with the now-classic “Calling All Angels” duet with K. D. Lang, and “It Can’t Rain All The Time” written for cult sensation “The Crow.” Siberry has received plaudits from the NYT, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Guardian, and more.