Jesca Hoop “The House That Jack Built”
The tragic loss of a loved one can inspire profound and moving art. “My dad was just a guy who struggled, and we watched him struggle,” Jesca Hoop explained to The Quietus regarding her ailing father. “He was a beautiful man, very heartfelt and a good listener but struggled to live his own life.” Named after her late father, The House That Jack Built is Hoop’s latest and most heartfelt album, chronicling the moments of devastation and hope during a time of death.
The House That Jack Built is an intimate ode, carried by Hoop’s soft and versatile voice and layered with melodic synths creating a magical, other-worldly atmosphere as if she’s transcending into an ethereal realm. Her vocals are, at times, haunting, whispering about the deep wounds one carries on from youth. Hoop explains her album has “a human quality that causes us to crave injury recalling childhood memories.” Her own scars are apparent in songs with names like “When I’m Asleep,” “Peacemaker,” and “Deeper Devastation.”
But Hoop doesn’t always look at the dark side of life. Her quirky music plays with humor as it explores life and death, dark and light, sex and war, and head and heart. The first single, “Hospital (Win Your Love),” is a catchy, upbeat number currently streaming over at Paste. She will be embarking on a west coast tour in August, joining fellow songwriter Jesse Harris on tour. See the full list of tour dates below!
Jesca Hoop Tour Dates:
08/07: Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
08/08: San Diego, CA @ Anthology
08/09: Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
08/10: Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints (Record Store Performance)
08/11: Ventura, CA @ Zoey’s
08/12: Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
08/13: Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s
08/14: Nevada City, CA @ Haven Underground
08/16: Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
08/17: Seattle, WA @ Empty Sea Studios
08/18: Eugene, OR @ Sam Bounds Garage