Jesca Hoop 'Stonechild' LP
ALL FORMATS SIGNED ON THE SLEEVE BY JESCA - SOME DINKED EDITIONS ARE SIGNED ON THE FRONT, SOME ON THE BACK, THESE SHIP RANDOMLY.
Limited Dinked Edition #15: mirror board sleeve, signed art print, black and white marbled vinyl, plus exclusive flexi disc featuring non-album song “Waking Andreas”. Numbered edition of 600.
Limited indies only black and white marbled vinyl.
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 on July 5th 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.
Catalogue number: MI0545LPX1 / MI0545LPX / MI0545LP
Label: Memphis Industries