Jesca Hoop - Stonechild (Dinked Edition)
DINKED EDITION 15:
• 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”
• Limited to 600
Release date: 5th July 2019
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 timeround 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 helpedclarify 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 moredirect. Parish “was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings” Hoop jests. “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and Iwasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of mywork 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 aroundour human planet spinning in its increasingly precariouswobble”. These rich and curious songs derived from themes ofour troubled times speak Hoop’s heart and mind from herempathetic yet tough loving centre point. With writing so fluid, so natural the result is an album where everything is truly meant.