JESCA HOOP has lived all over the map, and her rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and natural gift for inventive song craft.
Hoop learned to sing at an early age, harmonising with her musical Mormon family in northern California. She began writing highly idiosyncratic songs at the age of 14 to keep her company on her long walks to school. At 16, Hoop broke away from her strict upbringing and began what she calls her 'life as a racoon', off the grid & close to nature. Rambling through the high mountain deserts of the Southwest and along the coastlines of the Northwest, she worked as a wilderness survival guide and chalked up skills in farming, surveying, and carpentry. Her songwriting continued throughout, shared on porches, in deep river canyons and around campfires.
In 2004 the desire to share these songs on a broader scale set in. She settled in Los Angeles, where she honed her songwriting craft and developed a reputation as a unique and beguiling live performer of real substance. Though she now resides in Manchester, England, Hoop returned to Los Angeles to record her third album, The House That Jack Built.
Jesca has quite the growing collection of fans in high places: Tom Waits described her music as being "like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and in recent years she has been hand picked to play as support on tour for Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers and Elbow: Elbow's Guy Garvey even had her do a stint as guest presenter on his BBC radio show in early 2012, to great reception.
The follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Hunting My Dress, this new record displays a striking duality: light and dark, head and heart, it juxtaposes the macabre and visceral with a disarmingly candid intimacy. The resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity Hoop's stone-turning observations are mired in the equal beauty and violence of a nature that, for her, is clearly red in tooth and claw.
JESSE HARRIS is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones' breakout hit "Don't Know Why" (for which he won the 2003 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), he has also had his songs recorded by numerous other artists, including Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Solomon Burke, and Emmylou Harris. As a solo artist, Jesse has released over 10 albums, including his forthcoming release, titled Sub Rosa.
YESWAY Here's what's up. Kacey Johansing was once in in The Blank Tapes and Geographer. She currently performs under her own name and in Honeycomb and The Botticellis . She sings like an angel and plays percussion like nobody's business. Emily Ritz has played in Devotionals, heads up Honeycomb, and somehow conjures Jolie Holland, Aaliyah, and "Sexual Healing" all at the same time. Put the two ladies together and you've got Yesway, the hottest new supergroup in San Francisco. And I know what you're thinking. Can a supergroup be made up of just two people? YESWAY.
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