New Release: Jesca Hoop – Outside Of Eden

With her new album Stonechild released on July 5th, Jesca Hoop heralds its release with a new single ‘Outside Of Eden’ – featuring vocals from This is the Kit’s Kate Stables and Jesca’s nephew Justis 

Hoop describes ‘Outside Of Eden’ as “true to folk as I’m able to write, not in that “old ye folk” type of way, but rather in the way that a folk song functions as a mirror of for us….in our time…and tells the tale.  I see it as a feminist anthem;  We big sisters encouraging our shut-in boys to love the very real, the very living, and breathing girl”

Lyrically she says “Kids and tech are at the centre of this one.  The fact that kids can and are accessing such potent material without guidance really bothers me. I feel for how they are being guided by technology. I feel for what they are missing out on compared to the wild outdoor life I lived as a child”

Take a listen below…

Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This Is The Kit), Stonechild was recorded in Hoop’s long time home Manchester – a first, given previously she’s ventured back to her native California to record.  Parish’s minimal and purist approach helped clarify Hoop in her ideas subtly yet effectively realigning her sound. The simplified arrangements draw focus to the fundamental sophistication of the songs

The album title was settled after a trip to a Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, where the Stonechild is a sad, compelling display of an unborn foetus carried by a woman for over 30 years. “They become a hard ball of bones, a rock. Phonetically, it’s a beautiful sounding word – hard and soft – but also, I am taken by the idea of carrying something for a long time, perhaps in secret and then giving it up. I hope I have made an album of substance. There is meat on the bone” 

While Hoop’s trademark finger-plucked guitar and ethereal textures remain, the songs and their presentation are ever more direct. “He – 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

Jesca is touring throughout 2019 as follows:

06 Jul – Swadlincote, Timber Festival 
14 Jul – San Francisco, Shinefest @ Bottom of the Hill 
17 Jul – Los Angeles, Bootleg Theatre
22 Jul – Brooklyn, Rough Trade 
15-18 Aug – Brecon Beacons, Green Man Festival
01 Oct – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
02 Oct – Bristol, Fiddlers
03 Oct – Manchester, HOME
04 Oct – London, Barbican
05 Oct – Cambridge, Storey’s Field Centre
07 Oct – Gateshead, Sage
08 Oct – Liverpool, Leaf
09 Oct – Dublin, Soundhouse
11 Oct – Glasgow, Oran Mor
12 Oct – Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre
13 Oct – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
15 Oct – Paris, Petit Bain
16 Oct – Brussels, Botanique Rotonde
17 Oct – Luxembourg, Brandbau
19 Oct – Hamburg, Hakken
20 Oct – Copenhagen, Vega
22 Oct – Berlin, Privatclub
24 Oct – Prague, Café V Lese
25 Oct – Vienna, Haus Der Musik
26 Oct – Zurich, El Lokal
29 Oct – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg, Cloud Nine
31 Oct – Oxford, The Bullingdon

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