The first thing you notice about singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop’s seventh full-length is how spare it sounds, each song assembled only from two or three instrumental elements and Hoop’s warm-yet-adaptive, shape-shifting voice. Then you stop hearing that sparseness, so rich does the album sound. Somewhere near a half-hour into its 40-minute running time, it hits you again, and you start wondering how the hell Memories Are Now can sound so expansive, considering its skeletal arrangements. Hoop will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our feature.
Hoop: Nori is a food that I keep as a staple and to more dishes than I can count, especially salads. Toast the nori (or not), tear it to pieces and add it to literally any salad for heightened deliciousness and texture. It’s crispy in some cases and chewy in others. Nori is a great way to get added minerals into your diet, and it’s just yummy.