Before recording 2017's Modern Kosmology, psych-folk singer-songwriter Jane Weaver spent time on the Welsh island of Anglesey to reflect and write her lyrics. The trip proved successful, so three years later she headed off to a coastal town in Brittany, France, to work on Flock. However, she arrived there in December 2019 when it was off season. "I thought I'd go and have a nice time, drink wine in the sunset, but I didn't realize everything would be so closed," Weaver told Uncut magazine. "It was completely dead. Really, it was awful. But it was perfect too."
The first track on Flock, the pensive "Heartlow," captures Weaver's feeling of loneliness in the near-abandoned coastal town.
I thought the bells would be ringing when I walked home
I thought the people would be singing; where did they go?
"'Heartlow' was about a period of being in a deep funk about things, and I was trying to write myself up," Weaver told Uncut. "In Brittany it was life imitating art - I was trying to write my way out of it."
Jane Weaver released her 11th album, Flock, on March 5, 2021 to positive reviews. It debuted at #24 in the UK albums chart, the first time Weaver had entered the top 40.