Jul 31 2007
“Jesca Hoop’s music is like a 4 sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch, or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night” – Tom Waits
You know, I don’t really know what that exactly means, but that doesn’t stop me from listening to her music. If she has the endorsement of Tom Waits, then there must be something good there. I saw her earlier this summer opening for the Polyphonic Spree in Boston (which was amazing). I came in about half way through her show, but I wish I had arrived earlier. There’s something different about her that sets her apart from her contemporaries like Regina Spektor, Feist, and Emily Haines.
“To me it is about fostering the imagination…invention and making a life of one’s own. It’s very heart-centered music, and at the same time, there is something very playful and sensual about what I do. I try my best to give something away–to create something that someone can actually make use of, so that within that creation they can drive their own story.”
One of the songs she played “Intelligentactile 101″tells the story of a baby floating around before it’s born gathering together all of its body parts and getting ready to travel to earth. It’s a little out there, but it’s a damn catchy song. I highly recommend it. Her album Kismet comes out September 18th.