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Music Monday :: my thoughts on Memories Are Now

6 Feb

Jesca Hoop is a weirdo and I like her.

“Memories Are Now.” This song feels a little disorienting, which I mean as a compliment. Like it’s sweet but also there’s just a lot of things going on but also the lyrics are kind of going in circles, nice circles, I’m into it. This is a strange effect. She’s good at that kind of weird shit. I like it.

“The Lost Sky.” “You became the dark star and left me all alone” or maybe “dog star”  but “dark star” is creepier and I like that. “Out of our secrets we built a home” that’s also nice. This is just interesting and it’s foreboding for reasons I cannot at all fathom. Maybe it is “dog star.” I like that too, don’t get me wrong. Either way. This is nice. (I would also like to let you know, Very Certain Reader, that I instinctively typed it “Darkstar” the first time.)

“Animal Kingdom Chaotic.” Typewriter noises! “You know you wanna but computer says no” mm Jesca honey are we going to have to have to have a talk about the fetishization of computer hating? We might. It’s a pretty song if you don’t pay attention to that. I don’t know. I’m just really sensitive because like. Computers aren’t the devil, guys. It’s important to engage with living things too, but mm. Yeah. “Robots are the new exotic” on that note, y’all, don’t fuck robots.

“Simon Says.” I think part of it is that there’s always this weird lilting singsong thing to her songs, but there are also thousands of levels sometimes. It’s entrancing. It’s easy to kind of just fall in.

“Cut Connection.” This song seems sort of angry about something, which is not bad. Or maybe just vehement in a way a lot of hers aren’t. It’s interesting. Angry army war music.

“Songs of Old.” Also the songs sound somehow at once timeless and unusual, like they’ve always existed forever but there’s nothing quite like them. It’s a strange combination, but I like it. It works. This one especially feels embedded in like, legend. Maybe that’s partially the like, legendary type lyrics, rocks of ages and empires and stuff, but it also just feels that way. Solemn.

“Unsaid.” More lilting. “The night is long and the bed is cold and the heart is hard and the embers cold and the door is closed when you walk away” I think I’m fascinated by really long musical sentences that sort of blend into each other like this. Also the instruments make it sort of feel like a jig. At a Renaissance Fair. But in a good way. Not that those aren’t good, but I mean it’s not cheesy-sounding. It’s not trying too hard.

“Pegasi.” Strum strum! “You’re the envy of the sky.” Oh that is so pretty. This is so pretty. This is also (obviously) legendary. I feel like she’s trying to write songs that sound like medieval ballads, in a new way. Also props for working “supernova” into lyrics seamlessly.

“The Coming.” Lo-fi! Hello there. It sounds like a finale.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Music Monday :: my thoughts on Love Letter For Fire

11 Apr

I like Jesca Hoop.  I like Iron & Wine and therefore I suppose I like Sam Beam.  This should work out.

“Welcome to Feeling.”  Ooh.  A very Pines-y sort of opening.  Those strings though.  And suddenly it sounds like hallelujah.

“One Way to Pray.”  Okay, the description (and also what I know of Jesca Hoop) sort of made me believe that this was going to be a little more Bitter Ruin.  This is closer to the Civil Wars so far (which makes more sense re: Iron & Wine), but I miss them, so that’s fine.

“Lamb You Lost.”  “And I am born to love you” gosh this is pretty.  This is folksy as hell, actually.  I’m into it.

“We Two Are a Moon.”  “This song is a love letter to toss into the fire.”  There’s the title of the album, I suppose. Guitar guitar oh it’s doing things. 

“Midas Tongue.”  Oh, here’s some more that feels like Iron & Wine stuff but with a girl also so that makes it better.  “Heaven isn’t always kind” mmm gosh.

“Know That the Wild Wants You.”  I’m not even sure what I’m thinking.  This is really calming in a strange way, a pretty way, and I’d like to stay there awhile.

“Every Songbird Says.”  This is a conversation and I’m interested and it’s whimsical.  “Ooh it’s enough to be walking with you.”  I’d like to stay here.  I have a bit of a fun hangover today, so calm is nice.

“Bright Lights and Goodbyes.”  This is a weird slightly melancholy lullaby and harmonies are nice and soothing.

“Kiss Me Quick.”  Articulation is not my strong suit this evening, I admit.  This is really pleasant to the ear, though.

“Chalk It Up To Chi.”  This is the perfect mix of what these two artists’ other careers are.  This sounds much more like Jesca Hoop solo stuff than the rest has.  The rest is really nice too but this is the weird I was looking for.

“Valley Clouds.”  Back to something Civil Warsesque here.  “Into the wind it’ll baptize your skin till your music is tender” is that what they said it’s lovely.  Sang.

“Soft Place to Land.”  This is very… thoughtful.  That’s a good word for it.

“Sailor to Siren.”  “This tenderness comes as a surprise” but such a nice one, guys.

–your fangirl heroine.

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