Bella Union / Yep Roc
Jesca Hoop has lived all over the map, and her rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and natural gift for inventive song craft. Hoop learned to sing at an early age, harmonising with her musical Mormon family in northern California. She began writing highly idiosyncratic songs at the age of 14 to keep her company on her long walks to school. Read More...
Jesca Hoop has lived all over the map, and her rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and natural gift for inventive song craft.
Hoop learned to sing at an early age, harmonising with her musical Mormon family in northern California. She began writing highly idiosyncratic songs at the age of 14 to keep her company on her long walks to school. At 16, Hoop broke away from her strict upbringing and began what she calls her ‘life as a racoon’, off the grid & close to nature. Rambling through the high mountain deserts of the Southwest and along the coastlines of the Northwest, she worked as a wilderness survival guide and chalked up skills in farming, surveying, and carpentry. Her songwriting continued throughout, shared on porches, in deep river canyons and around campfires.
In 2004 the desire to share these songs on a broader scale set in. She settled in Los Angeles, where she honed her songwriting craft and developed a reputation as a unique and beguiling live performer of real substance. Though she now resides in Manchester, England, Hoop returned to Los Angeles to record her third album, The House That Jack Built.
Jesca has quite the growing collection of fans in high places: Tom Waits described her music as being “like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night”. Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and in recent years she has been hand picked to play as support on tour for Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers, Shearwater and Elbow: Elbow’s Guy Garvey even has her do regular stints as guest presenter on his BBC radio show, to great reception.
The follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Hunting My Dress, this new record displays a striking duality: light and dark, head and heart, it juxtaposes the macabre and visceral with a disarmingly candid intimacy. The resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity – Hoop’s stone-turning observations are mired in the equal beauty and violence of a nature that, for her, is clearly red in tooth and claw.
- Jesca Hoop's "The House That Jack Built" named Drunken Werewolf's #1 Album of 2012
- Jesca Hoop "Hospital (Win Your Love)" Premieres on Paste Magazine
- Jesca Hoop seen on tour this Fall with Peter Gabriel as part of his New Blood Orchestra
- Jesca Hoop performance featured on KCRW
- Jesca Hoop's "Hunting My Dress" reviewed by Pitchfork
- Jesca Hoop live concert recording featured on NPR
|Thu 02/06/14||Rhythm Room||Phoenix||AZ||Shearwater|
|Fri 02/07/14||Echo||Los Angeles||CA||Shearwater|
|Sat 02/08/14||Bottom of the Hill||San Francisco||CA||Shearwater|
|Thu 02/13/14||Mississippi Studios||Portland||OR||Shearwater|
|Fri 02/14/14||The Media Club||Vancouver||BC||Shearwater|
|Sat 02/15/14||The Crocodile||Seattle||WA||Shearwater|
|Tue 02/18/14||Urban Lounge||Salt Lake City||UT||Shearwater|
|Wed 02/19/14||Hi Dive||Denver||CO||Shearwater|
|Wed 03/19/14||The Earl||Atlanta||GA||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Thu 03/20/14||Cats Cradle Backroom||Carrboro||NC||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Fri 03/21/14||Rock & Roll Hotel||Washington||DC||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Sat 03/22/14||The Bell House||Brooklyn||NY||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Tue 03/25/14||Brighton Music Hall||Boston||MA||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Wed 03/26/14||Le Divan Orange||Montreal||QC||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Thu 03/27/14||Legendary Horseshoe Tavern||Toronto||ON||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Fri 03/28/14||The Pyramid Scheme||Grand Rapids||MI||Shearwater, Death Vessel|
|Sat 03/29/14||Empty Bottle||Chicago||IL||Shearwater, Death Vessel|