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: My life wouldn’t be the same without this friendly sturdy workhorse of a mic. This mic can take a beating and keep on working. My writing changed once I began singing through this mic. It enables me to move into new resonances and shapes in my voice which in turn affects the course of a melody, lyric or overall approach to the song.