30Hz New Music Radar 2/10/17: Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

Posted By jdp on Feb 10, 2017 | 0 comments


30hz new music radar

 

Welcome to February 10th of the year we all turned to Tom Waits and whiskey for comfort. 

Our psychological well being has taken a hit, but our attention to new music doesn’t have to. Good music, in fact, is the thing we all desperately need. I sift through the dozens of new releases each week trying to find you a few albums worth your time so you don’t have to sift through all the riff raff for that one record that hits your own personal frequency.

Many of you have asked about my evaluation methods. Okay, nobody has asked. But I’ll tell you anyway.

“Surely you can’t listen to all of these records in one day!”

Indeed. That would be impossible. I sample tracks 2, 4 and 7 on each record. If I like what I hear then I go back for more.

“Why 2, 4 and 7?”

Based on a scientific study — me listening to records all my life — tracks 2, 4 and 7 provide the best cross-section of any album. Go ahead. Try it on your favorites. Track #1 is showy. It’s meant to be ear candy. Or it’s meant to be an introduction. Either way, it’s not helpful. Tracks #2 or #4 are almost always the money track. #7 is the B-side sample. If there’s a hidden gem on the flipside, odds are it’s #7.

“Doesn’t this mean you also miss some good stuff?”

No more questions.

Stay tuned for more riveting 30Hz Q & A in future installment of New Music Radar.

 

30Hz Playlist on Spotify: Every New Music Radar Recommendation.


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30Hz New Music Radar: Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

jesca hoop - memories are nowImagine if Alice Liddel of Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice, Through the Looking Glass performed art-pop as an indie singer-songwriter.

I’ve been a big Jesca Hoop fan since her 2010 debut Hunting My Dress. Her sophomore record Kismet became an essential record and goddammit just buy her stuff. I’m ecstatic to announce Memories Are Now as my Radar pick for this week.

At first listen, take in the face-value pop sensibility. Off-kilter and somewhat askew, but still inherently pleasurable. With your second listen, dig deeper — immerse yourself in the layers of orchestration as they rise and fall, teasing minimalism, and how her voice plays in and around the cadence of her songs. Memories Are Now resists easy interpretation. Not as accessible as Hunting My Dress or Kismet, it challenges the listener, at least at first. Stay here awhile, it says. Linger here. Come down the rabbit hole.

Partake of the Eat Me cake and the Drink Me potion. You’ll be glad you did.

Sample tracks: Memories of Now, The Lost Sky, and Songs of Old 

Buy Memories of Now on Amazon

 

 

 

Also highly recommended this week:

 

Noveller – A Pink Sunset for No One

Cinematic instrumentals for the disillusioned.

 

Hidden Spheres – By & Bye

British minimalist syncopators with an ear for the symphony of the tide.

hidden spheres by & bye

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