RIYL: Iron & Wine, Sam Beam, Niko Case, Andrew Bird
Label: Sub Pop Records
Clear the way, Iâ€™m coming through, no matter what you say. Iâ€™ve got work to be doing, if youâ€™re not here to help, go find some other life to ruin.
Jesca Hoopâ€™s new album Memories Are NowÂ wastes no time in making clear its confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the set with â€śa fighting spirit,â€ť says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songsâ€“minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing.
As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by the gifted Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Bergâ€™s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored and came into their own. â€śI saw us like young chicks out of the nest,â€ť she says. â€śBlake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tonyâ€™s wing.â€ť Mills pushed her to strip away layers, keeping it as close to the live experience as possible, using whole live takes and working very quickly. â€śItâ€™s still covered in embryonic fluid, for lack of a better way to put it,â€ť says Hoop. â€śThe recordings are quite raw, human and sparse, even unsettling. What I like to call quick fire recording forces you to work in an incredibly focused and instinctive type of way, no second guessing.â€ť
This item ships February 10, 2017
All customers who pre-order the LP version of Memories Are Now will receive the album on Loser Edition Copper-colored vinyl.
All pre-orders will also receive any and all pre-release track downloads in advance of the album release as they are made public
Customers will be given access to stream the full album up to one (1) month before release day.
No information on how many pressings are made.
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