Sub Pop – February 10th
Typically filed under folk, Jesca Hoop bends the parameters of classification due to her versatile vocal that traverses everyone from Tori Amos to PJ Harvey and Margo Timmins, and even John Lydon on the gritty, metronomic ‘Cut Connection’. On her first solo album for Sub Pop, Hoop, who swapped Santa Rosa sun for Manchester murk, delivers a broad collection using little more than voice, guitar and percussion. A woozy bass-string pizzicato underpins the excellent title track, there’s a scissor-snip rhythm to ‘Animal Kingdom Collective’; and her sharp poetic tongue is evident throughout, notably on bluegrassy social-media takedown ‘Simon Says’. On ‘The Coming’, Hoop, brought up a Mormon, analyses her loss of faith to leaden guitar. Its portentousness closes the album, one of those rare songs that cannot be followed.