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: This book really perked my brain right up, giving us the broad strokes of human evolution from the far past to the present. He gives us some truly surprising and eye-opening insights into our evolution. Having read this, I now cannot help but see my fellow humans as hairless apes, and it’s all beginning to add up.