Please to feast your eyes on “Memories Are Now,” Official Video for the title track off Jesca Hoop’s critically acclaimed new album which is available February 10th, throughout the known universe. This mesmeric visual was directed by multi-talented animator / illustrator AnnlinChao.
Memories Are Now is Hoop’s best reviewed album to date:
Drowned in Sound gave the album a 10 out 10 rating, and said, “Past, present, and future rest patiently before Hoop, and she’s weaved them all into her most endearing album yet.” The Skinny also gave the album a perfect score (5/5), calling it a “gorgeously delivered elegy to heartbreak and loss; powerful, perfectly executed songs to bring comfort and strength to the weary, broken and scorned.”
Meanwhile, Loud & Quiet named Memories Are Now it’s “Album of the Week,” and raved, “One of the most engagingly idiosyncratic and refreshingly broad collections of solo singer songwriting in recent memory.” And NPR Music added, “In both content and construction, Jesca Hoop’s songs practically burst with ideas: They’re as strange and smart and heartfelt as they are gorgeous, and that’s saying something.”
Jesca Hoop appeared on Lauren Laverne’s BB6 show earlier today to discuss the album and delivered stellar performances of “The Lost Sky” and “Songs of Old” [listen here]. Additionally, Hoop has scheduled radio US sessions including Prairie Home Companion (February 18th, 5-7pm CT), KUTX in Austin (February 16th) along with WXPN’s World Cafe in Philadelphia, WERS in Boston, and WFUV in New York (air dates TBD).
Coming to a town near you…
Jesca Hoop’s forthcoming international tour dates in support of Memories Are Now span January 28th through April 6th, 2017. The U.S. shows begin February 26th in Austin, TX and include stops in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The EU shows begin March 28th and include stops in London [Sold Out], Leeds, Bristol, Leicester, Norwich, Manchester, Brighton, Cambridge, Liverpool, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Berlin, Hamburg and Thirsk (Deer Shed Festival).
Hoop has also just confirmed her largest London show to date at the Union Chapel on December 1st. Tickets on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 10th. (find tour dates + ticket links below).
Memories Are Now, featuring highlights “The Lost Sky” [hear here], “Pegasi” and the title track. The album will be released on CD / LP / DL and is available for pre-order now over here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser Edition on Robin’s Egg Blue Swirl colored vinyl (while supplies last). The Loser Edition will also be available in finer independent record stores around the globe, and directly from the artist on tour (also in a ‘while supplies last’ situation).
What people are saying about Memories Are Now:
“Hoop has been a free spirit, but with Memories Are Now, she understands exactly when to use the bridle and bit on these wild, wise songs.” [4/5] - Mojo
“Memories Are Now is built on stacked voices, sparse rhythm and twisted folk shapes, but the execution varies pleasingly, from the Native American blues of “Cut Connection” to the autumnal bucolia of “Songs Of Old.” [8/10] - Uncut
“One of her best albums to date. Stunning.” - The Sunday Times
“An admirably sharp and focused collection of songs.” [4/5] - Record Collector
“This project has an air of rebirth to it. Hoop and her producer, Blake Mills, have worked to minimize her trademark lush arrangements to make Memories more reminiscent of a live setting. The spare “Animal Kingdom Chaotic” is built around fingerpicked string-work and typewriter clicks. Its Americana-leaning follow-up, “Simon Says,” relies only on a lightly distorted six-string, an upright bass and Hoop’s layered harmonies.” - PASTE
Feb. 26 - Austin, TX - 3TEN @ Austin City Limits Live Feb. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West Mar. 02 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java Mar. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle Mar. 06 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall Mar. 08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge Mar. 12 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen Mar. 13 - Mineral Point, WI - Mineral Point Opera House Mar. 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center Mar. 17 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey Arts Center Mar. 18 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater Mar. 20 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall Mar. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Mar. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Mar. 29 - London, UK - The Lexington [Sold Out] Mar. 30 - Bristol, UK - Exchange Mar. 31- Leicester, UK- The Musician Apr. 01 - Brighton, UK - Patterns Apr. 02 - Norwich, UK - Epic Studios Apr. 03 - Cambridge, UK - Portland Arms Apr. 05 - Liverpool, UK - The Magnet Apr. 06 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla May 13 - Amsterdam – Bitterzoet May 14 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache May 16 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas May 17 - Copenagen, DK - Vega Jnr May 18 - Berlin, DE - Gruener Salon Jul. 21 - Thirsk, UK - Deer Shed Festival Dec. 01 - London, UK - Union Chapel
Now for your viewing pleasure, we present the official video for “Union of Mind and Soul” by Goat. The visual trip is an alternate-vocal version of “Union of Sun and Moon,” the first track off Goat’s upcoming album, Requiem, which is out tomorrow, Oct 7th. According to directors Christofer Hogberg and Henrik Nyblom, the video for “Union of Mind and Soul” is a “coming of age flick from a different angle. A day in a life of a lone-rider young girl who created her universe.”
“Union of Mind and Soul” is available through all manner of digital music acquisition services, and is included in the digital download that comes with the vinyl LP of Requiem. North American fans can (and should) purchase the album on CD / 2xLP / DL / CASS from your local independent retailer, and also here. (via Stranded Rekords in Nordic countries, and Rocket Recordings in the rest of the world.)
Goat will be touring Europe throughout the fall, with more dates to follow. (Current schedule is below.) The band’s live show is legendary, and “…A psychedelic rock ritual of rhythm, motion, hypnotic repetition, and ecstatic drive.” according to the New York Times.
Requiem finds Swedish psych explorers Goat focusing more on their subdued, bucolic ritualism than psilocybin freakouts. (Stream Requiem here.) A clear folk-rock influence pervades the album, with stand-out tracks “Alarms,” “Try My Robe,” and “Union of Sun and Moon.” But Goat hasn’t foregone their fiery charms—tracks like “All-Seeing Eye” and “Goatfuzz” conjure the sultry pulsations that ensnared us on 2012’s World Music and 2014’s Commune. Requiem is available via Sub Pop Records in North America, Stranded Rekords in Nordic countries, and Rocket Recordings in the rest of the world.
Feast your sees and hears on Morgan Delt’s brand new Vinyl Williams directed video for “Some Sunsick Day,” the standout single fromPhase Zero, his Sub Pop debut. This tripped-out new visual premiered today by way of Brooklyn Vegan (see here).
Delt’s North American fall tour begins tonight, September 14th in Chicago, IL at Schubas and ends September 24th in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right. Support for these dates will come from Sub Pop label mates Mass Gothic. (listing + links below.)
Lopez Estrada says of the clip, “I met with clipping a few months ago to talk about potential ideas for this video and Jonathan half jokingly said that we should put Daveed in zero gravity. I emailed them back a few days later saying “I know you were kidding, but what if we do?” We then embarked on a wonderful creative journey of scrappy visual effect techniques and ended up with our own janky version of zero gravity, which turned up to be a pretty cool thing, I believe.”
Splendor & Misery is led by the highlights “Baby Don’t Sleep,” “A Better Place,” and the aforementioned “Air ‘Em Out,”and is now available for preorder on CD/LP/DL/CASS from Sub Pop [here] and Deathbomb Arc [here]. Preorders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the Loser edition - pictured above - on crystal clear vinyl while supplies last.
Additionally, Wriggle, the group’s recent surprise EP, is also available [right over here].
Clipping’s current tour schedule in support of Wriggle and Splendor & Misery includes: A hometown release show on September 8th in Los Angeles at Highways Performance Space (with Busdriver and Pedestrian Deposit); September 11th at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; And September 30th in Los Angeles at the Smell. More dates will be announced soon, and the current schedule is below.
[Photo Credit: Sarah Sitkin]
Tour Dates + Ticket Links Sep. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Highways Performance Space* Sep. 11 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Electronic Music Festival Sep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell (Benefit Show)** * w/ Busdriver, Pedestrian Deposit ** w/ The Mae Shi
Late last night, Clipping dropped their official video for “Wriggle,” the title cut from their just-released EP. (Which is out now and available for your purchasing pleasure here.) Hear the full EP here; see more of Clipping’s eye-assaulting visuals here.
The frantic clip - directed by Rodney Ascher - pairs performance footage of Clipping’s Daveed Diggs edited into a barrage of GIFs and we CAN’T STOP WATCHING.
Kyle Craft’s acclaimed debut album Dolls of Highland is only three-ish weeks old and yet he already has his first music video in the can. And I’ll tell you what, this can in particular is worth the watch. As with the album, the video leaves no room for disappointment.
The saucy new visual was co-directed by Craft and Tyler Bertram, and Craft had this to say of the process: “The video just fell into my lap in a lot of ways. I wanted something quick with a candid feel to it. One of my roommates was having his annual drag birthday get together and it seemed like the story would sort of write itself if we just started shooting. I feel like we approached this in the same way I approached the album… Hit record, see what happens.”
Kyle Craft’s late spring U.S. tour in support of Dolls of Highland resumes tonight, May 19th in San Francisco at the Independent and currently ends May 30th in Salt Lake City, UT at Kilby Court. Along the way, he’ll support Fruit Bats (May19th-25th) and share the stage with label mates Arbor Labor Union (May 29th). Additional live dates will be announced shortly. (complete dates below.)
Dolls of Highland is currently available on CD / LP / DL / CASS from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Bandcamp. The limited “Loser” edition on pink with black-swirled vinyl while sold out via the Megamart, is still available at shows on tour and at independent retailers near you (while supplies last).