New Release & Tour: Jesca Hoop – Stonechild / Red White And Black

Jesca Hoop has unveiled her brand-new single “Red White and Black”, taken from her forthcoming album Stonechild. “Red White and Black” is perhaps the most overtly political track on the album and has an accompanying video directed by old friend and collaborator Elia Petridis

Hoop says of Red White And Black: “Red White and Black is a poem, like a snapshot, set in post civil war USA when slavery was “abolished” and swiftly rebranded by the prison system. It’s a personal acknowledgement and willingness to join the conversation for change”

She continues “I write from personal perspective, about relationships mostly and I don’t find much music in politics, but as hate crimes increase, women’s rights are being rolled back, and the two nations I call home are building walls… well, the political has become deeply personal”

Take a watch and 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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