Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

• “Memories Are Now” original music video. Thanks to Sub Pop.

8.2 “Fantastic Cerebral Pop from the USA”

Opening track on her album of the same name, released in February, 2017.

Sparse, odd, and highly captivating. Love it.

The Wikipedia page for the 43-year-old Californian tells that Hoop’s style has been characterised as largely experimental with folk, rock, and electronic influences. Her early mentor, Tom Waits, described it as, “like a four-sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night“.

She often finds that, “I have an identity crisis every time I write a catalogue of songs, I think: what is this music? Where does it fit?“. She explained her tendency to move between a number of styles as, “I am impressed by the power of music and its ability to transform the vessel it enters. I am everyday affected by it. If I want to change my mood, I change my music

In her own words, the opener on her fourth album is delivered with “a fighting spirit“:

Clear the way, I’m coming through, no matter what you say. I’ve got work to be doing, if you’re not here to help, go find some other life to ruin.

Don’t mess. Get it at Amazon.