STONECHILD by Jesca Hoop

Fifth album from Jesca Hoop who got out of her Manchester bolthole and went to Bristol to record with Sir John Parish (PyJamas Harvey etc). The result was an album in which Parish severely edited Hoop's work leaving her with a minimal and stark album that cuts to the chase of human emotion. The album always remains distinctly Hoop's mind.

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Dinked Edition 180g white & black marble vinyl LP on Memphis Industries. Housed in a mirror board sleeve with signed 12 x 12 lyrical scrawl art print, by Jesca, and an exclusive flexidisc. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies.

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STONECHILD by Jesca Hoop
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8/10 Will 05 July 2019

Let me begin by saying that the cover of 'Stonechild' by Jesca Hoop has been disturbing me since I first saw it. I'm a professional and I'll try not to let this colour my opinion of it, but it really does rankle.

The name 'Stonechild' adequately reflects the pagan, semi-ritualistic feel to the songs. You can imagine them being played on lutes, perhaps even in bid to ward off whatever foul beast in on the cover of the album... They smack of natural progression ('Footfall to the Path'), existence governed by nature ('Outside of Eden'), and you can just hear Wickerman-esque chants on 'Free Of The Feeling'. 

The collaborations on this record are superb. Lucius and Kate Stables are both inspired choices and really add to the fabric of its fabric. John Parish, the producer, was incredibly prominent in the creation of 'Stonechild'. He reportedly "killed" one of Hoop's "darlings" and this paring back shows in the sparseness of this album. The arrangements are bare-bones with there being rarely more than a handful of instruments.

The glue holding it all together is Hoop's trademark fingerpicking. Whether it takes centre-stage, as on the superb 'Footfall to the Path', or merely provides atmosphere, like on 'Shoulder Charge', the guitar is always present. It acts as counterpoint to Hoop's voice. The two are entwined. 

'Stonechild' is an unnerving work full of fire and ice. Like wild swimming in a river, it's bracing, cold, and ultimately restorative. 




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