21 June 2007

We Back: Jesca Hoop

From Stereogum: A couple of things worth noting about Jesca Hoop: That dude Stewart Copeland bangs his drums on one track, she'll be opening some dates for the Polyphonic Spree, she's got a slightly left-of-center take on hummable pop, and she took care of Tom Waits's kids. Bloggable by any stretch, that.

During her stint as the Waits clan's nanny, she converted Tom into a fan, getting him to say (we assume under extreme duress and/or at gunpoint), "Jesca Hoop's music is like a four-sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night."

Waits passed her demos on to Nic Harcourt (the starmaker from KCRW) who spun 'em incessantly, and now she's hanging with The Police and touring the country with DeLaughter's newly-black-clad cult. Kismet's as good a name for her debut as any. And hey, her tunes ain't bad, either! "Intellgentactile" (which isn't a word) is perfect for the Triple-A set with enough quirks to keep it fresh, and enough charm in Jesca's vox to sound like a four-sided coin (OK we have no idea what that means either, but Tom said it so it's gotta be true).

Listen: Jesca Hoop - "Intelligentactile 101" (MP3)

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