Hunting My Dress

Hunting My Dress

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by Jesca Hoop
     
 

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Even if she had nothing beyond her autobiography to bring to her songwriting, Jesca Hoop would have plenty of tales to tell, being the child of folksinging Mormons, then going on to roam around the country as part of a pack of traveling Deadheads before winding up as the nanny for Tom Waits' family. But the California-bred Hoop does indeed have plenty of additional

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Even if she had nothing beyond her autobiography to bring to her songwriting, Jesca Hoop would have plenty of tales to tell, being the child of folksinging Mormons, then going on to roam around the country as part of a pack of traveling Deadheads before winding up as the nanny for Tom Waits' family. But the California-bred Hoop does indeed have plenty of additional idiosyncratic ideas to offer, not just lyrically but musically, on her second album, Hunting My Dress. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hoop's work is the way she writes her own rulebook. Plenty of iconoclastic artists have decided to abjure musical convention in the past without coming up with anything worthy to replace it. Hoop, however, has pieced together her own modus operandi seemingly from scratch, with bits and pieces of Waits, Björk, Kate Bush, and PJ Harvey thrown in among who knows what other stray influences -- the important thing is that it emerges as something uniquely hers. The crunchy riffs and angular alt-rock gallop of "Four Dreams" are perfectly contrasted by Hoop's feathery vocals and poppy refrain. The spare, acoustic ballad "Murder of Birds" -- with a guest vocal from longtime admirer Guy Garvey of Elbow -- seems to reach back to Hoop's early folk influences. Opening track "Whispering Light," apparently about Hoop's mother's battle against cancer, is a darkly atmospheric, almost theatrical piece marked by midtempo dance beats and deliciously creepy, unexpected harmonic/melodic turns. In the end, the one thing you can count on with Hunting My Dress is that you never know what's coming next, and that turns out to be one of the album's greatest virtues.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707807920
catalogNumber:
78079

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesca Hoop   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Berg   Harmonium
Stuart Johnson   Percussion
David Mansfield   Violin
Ian Walker   Bass
Patrick Warren   Synthesizer
Frank Lenz   Vibes
Guy Garvey   Vocals
Quinn   Guitar,Drums
Kaveh Rastegar   Bass
Z. Berg   Background Vocals
Blake Mills   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Lissie   Background Vocals
Nicole Eva Emery   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roddy Cabello   Guitar
Joe Karnes   Bass
Stewart Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Berg   Producer
Frank Lenz   Wind Arrangements
Blake Mills   Composer,Producer,Contribution
Carrie Smith   Layout
Jesca Hoop   Composer,Producer
Shawn Everett   Engineer,Artwork
Damian Anthony   Producer

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Hunting My Dress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DirectCurrentMusic More than 1 year ago
"As a follow up to her provocative 2007 debut album Kismet, Hoop says her new songs offer "a more clarified distillation of what I do as an artist", a flurried mix of artful folk/pop, theatrical cabaret elements and songs that seem, at times, turned inside out and upside down...Working with producer/guitarist Tony Berg and a troupe of talented players, Hoop has created miniature vocal sonicscapes of startling originality, building songs that flit and dart, build and then break down again all against a backdrop of stark guitar runs, boldly progressive time measures and a tiny grab bag of head-turning production surprises." http://www.directcurrentmusic.com/music-news-new-music/2010/7/1/jesca-hoop-hunting-my-dress.html