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The best kept secret in music


"Aquarius records in SF"

After listening to this disc, all we can say is Marissa Nadler and Joanna Newsom better watch their backs. If there is any justice in the world, the throngs of bearded and bead encrusted modern free folk freaks and forest maidens that make up the new weird underground will bow down before Jane Herships, the woman who is Spider. A softly strummed dreamy acoustic world of drifting shimmering loveliness. If Devendra Banhart is homecoming king at this year's forestfolk ball, well then Spider would absolutely have to be everyone's choice for queen. The Way To Bitter Lake is a blissful blend of Iron & Wine, Vashti Bunyan, Will Oldham, Cat Power, Edith Frost. Hushed vocals over lilting old timey folk, gorgeous and timeless melodies, spare arrangements, but so deftly arranged as to be more powerful than almost any of her contemporaries. There is definitely a serious Iron & Wine vibe going on, Herships sounds like Sam Beam's long lost twin sister. Even her turns of phrase and choice of melodies. The mind boggles at the possibility of those two making a record together. If either of them are reading this, for god's sake let's make it happen!!
Regardless, this is an absolute gem. Pastoral, and haunting, soft and shimmery, suffused with warm summer sunlight, a rambling record if there ever was one. Cool afternoon, bare feet, tall grass, clouds drifting lazily by, soft breezes, the smell of earth and leaves, wandering through a fuzzy folk dream. Absolutely gorgeous. - Aquarius records in SF

"Deli Magazine June 06 CD of the month"

"Spider is Jane Herships' folk project. Her tunes have the quality you look for in music if you've been under the spell of artists like Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and Cowboy Junkies. Intense, poignant, delicate and somewhat dreamy, Spider's beautiful songs remind us that the strength of our thoughts and emotions might not be very noisy but can be very powerful indeed." - Deli Magazine June 06 CD of the month

"Left Hip.com"

A brilliantly produced and beautiful album by an exciting new voice in folk music, be it psyche or otherwise. Highly recommended album...Unless Joanna Newsom drops another brilliant album this may well be the very finest folk that New Weird America has to offer this year. - Left Hip.com

"Kitten Painting.co.uk"

‘The Way To Bitter Lake’ has been my winter morning soundtrack, a sonic (too close for) comfort zone as I do the daily early morning trundle up the District Line, Spider songs whispering in my ears. It’s a treasure of a record, a glimmering campfire of sound to keep the darkness at bay. - Kitten Painting.co.uk


"...Think Sam Beam meets Vashti Bunyan; hushed, comforting,
and ultimately, beautiful and calming. In other words, just what I needed."
- gorillavsbear.blogspot


"...The muted singing and sparse, delicate guitar strumming also remind
me of Will Oldham's Master and Everyone, perhaps even early Edith
Frost or Chan Marshall's records prior to Moon Pix..."
- threeimaginarygirls.com


"The way to Bitter Lake"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Jane Herships has been playing extensively in NYC since her debut in December of 2004. Having played the guitar since the age of 14, she has only in the very recent past finally had a go at songwriting. What transpired is a truly stunning debut from a beautiful new voice in homespun folk-rock. Since then she has played San Francisco's Mission Creek Fesitval with Edith Frost, The Starbucks Salon w/ Jose Gonzales, Monkey Town with Josephine Foster, and SXSW. Other projects include Magic Star, a band collaborating with world renound artist and fashion designer Susan Cianciolo, which recently played in The Netherlands at Sittard’s Museum for Contemporary Art, and The Burners a lady rock duo with fashion photographer KT Auleta. Now having extensively toured both coasts, her eagerly anticipated album "The Way to Bitter Lake" will be released in the fall on Storyboard Records. Jane currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

label - Story Board Records
publicity - Howlin Wuelf Media