Jesca Hoop‘s story is a fascinating one. After being given an early career push by Tom Waits, the songwriter left her California home a couple of years ago and relocated to Manchester. Hunting My Dress, Hoop’s first post-States release, was a fascinating collection of distorted folk-rock (often more rock than folk) that frequently seemed to dip into the occult.
Her latest full length, The House That Jack Built is a co-production between Jesca Hoop and three other producers – “ a drop of blood in the can from each of us rendered a more radical sound” says Hoop – and this visceral album will open a whole new world of listeners to Jesca’s music. Returning to Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studio in Los Angeles, where she recorded Hunting My Dress, Jesca enlisted old friends Shawn Everett, Blake Mills and Tony Berg himself as her co-producers. Says Hoop, “What a combination of minds, these three men & me. It was a real balancing act with tensions pulling toward one or the other. Striking that balance was the ticket to some of the most elevated moments in my musical collaborations to date.”