Jesca Hoop unveils her brand-new single “Red White and Black” taken from her forthcoming album STONECHILD.
Having previously shared the Lucius featuring track “Shoulder Charge”, Red White and Black is perhaps the most overtly political track on the album, as Hoop explains:
“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.”
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 – Parrish - 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.
These rich and curious songs derived from themes of our troubled times speak Hoop’s heart and mind from her empathetic yet tough loving centre point. With writing so fluid, so natural the result is an album where everything is truly meant.
US TOUR DATES:
14 Jul – San Francisco, Shinefest @ Bottom of the Hill
17 Jul – Los Angeles, Bootleg Theatre
22 Jul – Brooklyn, Rough Trade