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Jesca Hoop

Stonechild

    A culmination of life and musical experience, uncompromising in its vision, STONECHILD, the new studio album from Jesca Hoop is a self-described “compassion project.” 

    Released by Memphis Industries, STONECHILD is Hoop refined and defined. Beautiful, subtle and stark, her fifth album, the follow up to 2017’s highly acclaimed ‘Memories Are Now’, is her best yet. 

    Despite being a long-term resident of Manchester, Hoop, has until now, returned to her native California to record. This time round however, “it was” according to Hoop “time to step out of my comfort zone, my safe place”, venturing south to Bristol to team up with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit). Parish’s minimal and purist approach helped clarify Hoop in her ideas and subtly yet effectively realigning her sound. The simplified arrangements draw focus to the fundamental sophistication of the songs. 

    While Hoop’s trademark finger-plucked guitar and ethereal textures remain, the songs and their presentation are ever more direct. Parish “was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings” Hoop jests. “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and I wasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of my work on the cutting room floor. He said, you will forgive me, and in some way, I think I actually enjoyed that treatment…being stripped back to the bare basics…albeit painfully”. STONECHILD ventures further into fresh territory with other voices joining the narrative, with Kate Stables (aka This is the Kit) Rozi Plain and Lucius singing the choruses and expanding the sensual depth of the sonic bloom. 

    STONECHILD, Hoop says, is intended to “wrap its arms around our human planet spinning in its increasingly precarious wobble”. These rich and curious songs derived from themes of our troubled times speak Hoop’s heart and mind from her empathetic yet tough loving centre point. With writing so fluid, so natural the result is an album where everything is truly meant.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Gorgeous fingerplucked guitar brings echoes of 60's folk, alt-country and modern brooding indie, all wrapped together with Hoop's delicate, prominent vocal talents. Brilliantly textured but smoothly flowing from one idea to another. A masterclass in restraint and songwriting.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Dinked Edition LP Info: • Mirror board sleeve.
    • Signed 12 x 12 lyrical scrawl art print, by Jesca.
    • White and black 180g marble vinyl.
    • An exclusive flexidisc featuring non-album song “Waking Andreas”.
    • Numbered.

    Dinked Edition LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Coloured LP Info: Indies Exclusive Limited Edition White and Black Marble vinyl (180 gram).

    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Jesca Hoop kicks off 2013 with her most recent offering The Complete Kismet Acoustic -

    Jesca presents the songs from her first studio album Kismet ( US release only ) in a stripped down bare bones fashion captured in live performance. Retaining four of the songs that formed the Kismet Acoustic EP, which introduced Jesca to the UK in 2008 she now completes the batch with the remaining 6 songs from her debut record ‘as live’ recordings. This acoustic simplistic incarnation re-evokes the combination of two acoustic guitars and three voices that represents many of her live performances. The arrangement brings focus to Hoop's exceptional song craft and vocal performance . Added to this are two previously unheard tracks - Paradise and Worried Mind.

    The recordings were done in two stages. The first says Jesca with “dear friends in Los Angeles USA” and the second half “with homies in Manchester UK.”


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