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Modern Kosmology

Jane Weaver

2017

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Modern Kosmology
Album Summary

Jane Louise Weaver (born 28 February 1972) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She runs the label Bird Records, an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records. Weaver has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the folktronica project Misty Dixon, and as a solo artist. She was brought up in the town of Widnes, Cheshire.

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3.1

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10752
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Singer Songwriter

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Arguably the hardest album I have had to rank so far and the first one to really make me question why exactly it was included on this list. I was intrigued at first due to it being the newest album I have listened to so far as well as it being from an artist I have never heard of. I can genuinely say that I liked this album (didn't necessarily love it), but after giving it some more thought, I was left baffled as to its placement in the 1001 Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. This sounds harsh, but I didn't feel it did anything unique or overly interesting for an album that came out in 2017. Everything that I enjoyed has already done before, and I didn't find Jane to have a particularly standout voice. I ended up looking into this one a bit more after seeing that she has less than 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, and this album does not even have a Wikipedia page (!). This isn't a mark of its quality at all as it is a fine album, but all of this really made me question why such a niche artist was selected as "required before you die" listening. I can only think of personal preference being a reason for its placement (maybe the author really likes this artist?). While I did like this one more than other albums I feel have a legitimate reason for being on this list, I do not feel the need to come back to it and do not understand why it was included over so many other amazing albums. 2.5/5.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
2

We listened to it. It was music.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Awesome record. Thanks to this I met Jane Weaver

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Just another mediocre wispy female vocal. Not much to get excited about.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

I like it. It's meditative and trance-y and somewhere between indie rock and 70s psychedelia and bedroom pop. If I listen to it again, it might be a five. The cool thing is, I could see myself listening to it closely or just having it on in the background and liking it both ways.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Strong 4 to Light 5. I enjoyed: some of the more synth-heavy parts and the blending of folk and electronic, and when it gets more scattered. Finished on a strong note with the last 2 songs. I disliked: VOCALS GOD THEY ARE SO MEDIOCRE! Pretty weak songwriting at times so much meandering. Felt like a slog at a lot of points. It all felt so artistically safe, and unoriginal. Felt dan deaconish and was too Stereolab Something that wine moms call experimental. This is just wine mom music for the most part. I hope the next album is better.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Very much my jam! Super soft dreamy vocals, driving krautrocky motorik rhythms, luscious indie pop melodies... Fave track - "H>A>K", but "Did You See Butterfiles", "Slow Motion", "The Architect", and "I Wish" could all take the top spot too on a different listen!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

finally MODERN, not too shabby

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

Love her moody and melodic songs. The Lightning Back is my favourite track 10/10 would listen cover to cover again

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

This feels far too niche to be on the 1001 albums you must listen to before you die. It’s not bad, but it certainly isn’t amazing. There are a few good tracks, but it’s subpar all in all.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

I had never heard of Jane Weaver previously. The album has a psychedelic, an electronic and pop feeI. There is not many recent albums that are psychedelic and electronic. Overall it is uninspiring and leaves really no impression. I have no need to ever listen to it again.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Almost dreamy-sort of music. Her voice is fantastic.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

really enjoyed this and will listen more

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Really loved this! Found a new artist to dig into.

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Tue May 02 2023
5

I can't completely explain it but I love this album. I love her voice and vocal variety. I love the drums and precussion. I love the ambient sounds layered over the synthesizers and other instruments. There's a repetitious vibe that makes it stick but so many other disconnected things happening that it keeps my interest (i.e. singing birds, violins, syncopated shaker, etc.) I'm glad I crossed paths with this album.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

This was a very pleasant listen, and something totally new to me. On the first listen, I thought it was good...but I warmed up to it even more on the second.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

It's not too often, but my favorite thing in this project when an album assignment goes from, "oh, who the hell is this now?" to "Ah, this was JUST what I needed to hear today!" I don't even know where to begin to talk about the album, it has some sort of timeless (well, within the last half century) electronica to it, but also lovely melodies and such an engaging voice. I never got tired of listening to it. Wonderful!

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Fri Feb 09 2024
3

It seems like psychedelic rock is always lauded on release post 2000s. Yet not many stand the test of time. Nothing of interest here.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
2

I am so confused as to why this is on the list. 4/10

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Not impressed at all. Why would I NEED to hear this?

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

I don't think this one is super noteworthy or stands out to me. It's not bad but it won't leave a lasting impression on me. it seems like a strange inclusion on this list.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
2

Seems to not belong here. It's not bad, but I don't seem to see any significance to it

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Fri Aug 20 2021
1

Why this album is on this list? Why?

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Mon Mar 07 2022
1

The most generic indie pop I’ve ever heard. Who in their right mind puts this on the list?

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Tue Dec 06 2022
1

I don’t get the inclusion on the list here. Very derivative and not really unique in any way. Compared to others on this list I’d say this has gotta be in the bottom .1%. Confused.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Muy buen disco. No conocía está artista, me gusta mucho. Las guitarras me hacen acordar a Sonic youth y su voz genera un trance

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

I have a soft spot for Ethereal femme voices like this one, and the production felt post-apocalyptic in a great way.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

I've never heard of her before but this is a really incredible piece of psychedelic pop! Very interesting inclusion here but I'm happy to have discovered it.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

the transitionssssssssss. everything is so interesting. Did you see butterflies is phenomenal. Love the jazz that happens in the title track.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Amé este disco y no la conocía a ella para nada, ya escuché más y creo que me haré fan. En fin, como que condensa muchas de las cosas que me gustan en la música. "The Architect", rolón. 10/10

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Wow.... I fucking love this..

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

I think this is the first album so far not to have it's own Wikipedia page, so was going in blind. Never heard of Jane Weaver but have to say after listening to this, I'm intregued to hear the rest of her discography. I listened to this twice in one day and it still sounded fresh. I cannot think of one thing wrong about this album. The music is dreamy yet not sleepy, the jamming sections are full of mystic rhythms that keeps you on your toes, and Weaver's vocals are so pleasant to hear. Favourite songs are H>V>K, Modern Kosmology, The Architect, and I Wish. No bad songs on here and it flows perfectly.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

she looks like a british kylie. idk. we'll see. i really liked this! like how i wish that Joan Baez album had sounded.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Weird in a good way. No relation to Jackie Weaver.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

We're on our way to dust. 🤘😔

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

This album is REALLY good. I hadn't heard of Jane Weaver before and I'm surprised she isn't more known. This album is such a groove. 100% relistening. Favorite Tracks: Did You See Butterflies? and The Architect

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

yeah this album was WHACK. it was so dope. it reminded me of synth pop acts like US girls or the knife. i listened to this album like 7 times. i just loved it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Definitely something I will listen to again. She’s got a beautiful voice, you can have this in the background but also really focus on it. It can put you in a trance but not to sleep or make you drowsy. A nice surprise

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Mon May 30 2022
5

I absolutely love it, I never heard anything of this style before.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Wow, this album picked me up by the ears and knocked me around on a fun, wild, whimsical adventure. Hadn't heard much of Jane Weaver, but what a find!

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Excellent album listen. Notes of Kraftwerk. Wonderful flow. Such a pleasant find.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

This sounds timeless and almost mystical. It puts you in a trance. I like it, it's a hidden gem.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Spacey and ethereal very nice

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Lots of good driving beats and atmospheric sounds.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Excellent album. Would definitely re listen and look into more of her work.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Digging the vocals and the synths. Very good music to get lost in. Very Stereolab-y. Pretty harmonies and backing vocals.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Some great classic thrash on here. Could feel a bit samey at times, but went hard throughout.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Surprised I have never heard of her. Really amazing psychedelic rock/pop/alternative. Gives me tame impala vibes. Very well put together album with no fat. Every song fits the theme. Hypnotic vocals that sound like she is in a glass bottle, trance instrumentals, haunting features.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Very good album!! Electro new age. Very hypnotic and epic. Loved it!

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Of albums I’ve had zero exposure to before this list, this is one of the most original and interesting.

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

I consider myself lucky for receiving this recommendation today. I didn’t have any idea of who Jane Weaver was… but her work enlightened my mood from second one. Modern Kosmology is a truly gem. I loved Jane voice harmonies and delivery. The rhythm section was exquisite, and what to say about the sequencing? To me, Jane is the perfect blending between Blonde Redhead and Janelle Monae. Fantastic!

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

sonzao bem astral, eletronico e suave, bom pra se curtir

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

10/10 I don’t even know what to say it’s just fun, weird alternative music what’s not to love?

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

Piolón. Medio juanamolinero. Algunos temas son como si el santi motorizado, pasado de malbec, se le lanzara a la tía juana y luego de una noche de amor y depresión sale esto.

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Wed Mar 29 2023
5

I’ve never heard of this album or Jane Weaver. After listening to it, I want to delve more into her discography. I like the electronic dreamy vibe. I like the guitar drum bass. Her voice is great. This album pleasantly surprised me.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

Where the heck has this been all my life?! I read something online recently that led me to believe I'd probably enjoy this album, and I was right. This reminds me a lot of Django Django but with a frontwoman instead instead. I can't wait to explore the rest of her discography.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

Rock peppered indie album from 2017? My God this blew me away!

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

bit of a manc legend is Jane. this album is probably her best offering in about 20 years of releasing music and its genuinely good. i'd like to think if the list has dipped its toes into the modern psych scene that it might hit us with one of the behemoths from the scene like BJM or King gizz but something tells me this will be it.

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Sun Oct 08 2023
5

How have I never heard of Jane Weaver? 3 tracks in, this is RIGHT up my alley. It appears as though Modern Kosmology isn't even one of her bigger releases, it gets only a sentence in her (admittedly sparse) wiki bio. I'll definitely take a deeper dive.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

I’ve never heard of Jane Weaver before but the music gives me a Stereolab vibe, a group I really love. There are vocal journeys at times evocative of Kate Bush. The songs are tightly crafted - quite a feat for such open, ethereal soundscapes. I absolutely love this - what a phenomenal album!

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Sun Oct 22 2023
5

First song (H>A>K) is A+. The drums similar to Hallogallo - Neu! Reminds me of Cate Le Bon, U.S. Girls, Weyes Blood. Great album to cruise around to.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

Loved it! Haunting vocals, good beats, and that synth sound! Yes!

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

One of those albums you really need to hear through a good pair of headphones. Her vocals have a crystalline quality and give the impression of someone singing in a cathedral. This is over music that tends to float between the motorik realms of Cluster or Garmonia and the more pop oriented Curve and Stereolab. A very happy discovery.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

A lovely blend of psychedelic/folk/dream pop within a pulsing electronic framework that is reminiscent of Portishead's Third LP. Spotify has been teasing me with a few Jane Weaver songs over the last few years and, while they usually ended up on my "liked" list, I didn't bother exploring the LPs. My bad. She hits it out of the park with the title track, "Did you see butterflies " and "Architect" and a number of other tracks are strong. At times the synths sound ancient and to build on that she brings in an ancient CAN vocalist for one song. Jane Weaver was nearly 50 when this was released and had been performing for 25 years, yet she still innovates & sounds fresh (to my old ears anyway).

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

i hadn’t even heard of jane weaver and i have a feeling this is my new obsession

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

前奏...的重複令人煩躁

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Started off strong and felt really inspired/creative. I loved the "spectral" and 80s synth sound but also, with a contemporary vision. I genuinely feel like I can tackle any creative task when listening to this music. This is the first 5/5 on this list!

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

Very cool electronic music with an alternative/proggy feel, music that makes you feel like you're travelling through dimensions, it's a fun listening experience that you can contemplate the complexities of life and the universe, can be pretty repetitive to many listeners, but this felt hypnotic to me, excellent album

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

I really liked this whole album; the compositions, beats, lyrics, vocals...the whole thing was just cohesive and enticing. Lots of beauty here.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Dreamy whispy vocals overlaying tasty electronic beats - great find!!

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

Disco necesario, muy en mi línea de la música que suelo escuchar. Momentos de homenaje a Vangelis. LOVE.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

Excuse me waiter I'd like ten more

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Lite Lush-känsla över ganska många låtar, inte minst Did You See Butterflies. Slow Motion är 5/5. Coolt folk-sound blandat med drömpop.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Surprisingly good, wasn’t familiar. Kinda Stereolab-ish.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Very interesting, strongly reminiscent of Stereolab, and in some parts aspects of the Velvet Underground. A couple of bland tracks but mostly pretty great.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

I. Loved. This. Shades of Laurie Anderson's Superman. Electronic sounds with a more spoken-word lyrical vibe. I could listen to it for days. Don't know that I'd go to a concert or blast it in my car, but it was excellent music to just vibe to.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Reminds me of Stereolab a little

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

4.4 - Surprised I hadn’t heard this before. It’s in my Broadcast, Stereolab wheelhouse. Beautiful vocals, interesting bleeps and bloops, and use of noise. An album to enjoy from beginning to end.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Cool little album this. Maybe a bit pretentious at times but some good songs too

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Really good, like St. Vincent or Goldfrapp

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Very melodic almost hypnotic voice. Electronic backing, but very calm listening. I like it!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Not my usual style but I enjoyed the album. The first song is a bit weird but I liked the other ones a lot. They sound fresh and unusual but in a nice way.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

First really new albums we've had ayyy. I really enjoyed it, as with most of the new stuff it's completely weird and unique but for once it really worked imo

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Love Jane Weaver. Love this album.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

A really pleasant surprise. I had no expectations going in and this album was good. Experimenting with a few different sounds on the record but the album as a whole is great.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Pretty cool! Good vibes. I enjoyed listening to this. My fave track for now is The Valley.

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