Thursday 31 January 2013

Jesca Hoop - Ode To Banksy

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This won't be the first time we've sung the praises of the adaptable US singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, she's a lady who can seemingly turn her capable hands to a variety of styles with apparent ease. Cheeky pop single 'Hospital (Win Your Love)' showed that she has the credentials to become a fully fledged pop superstar if she were to strip away the alternative edge. It's that alternative edge that makes her such an enticing prospect though, plus she's not exactly doing bad for herself as it is, with recent album 'The House That Jack Built' picking up a few plaudits and plenty of new fans and a UK tour in support of cult heroes I Am Kloot.

New single, and appropriately British-referencing 'Ode To Banksy' is a tribute to the UK's foremost graffiti artist and will be released on March 4th. The song is again inches away from being a killer pop chart-buster, but the good news is that yet again Jesca Hoop retains the left-field stance and remembers where she came from and who she is. The lack of pretense or compromise is commendable, as scratchy guitars and a full-throttle bassline do battle with her very easy on the ear vocals. One day, when the world fixes itself and all wrongs are righted, it'll be this kind of pop that becomes omnipresent.

Jesca Hoop's website

Buy the album

Catch her live:

12th– GLASGOW, Oran Mor
13th – LEEDS, Irish Centre
14th – MANCHESTER, The Ritz
15th – MANCHESTER, The Ritz
18th – NOTTINGHAM, Albert Hall
19th – LONDON, Barbican
21st – BRIGHTON, St Bartholomew’s Church
22nd – CAMBRIDGE, Junction
23rd – BRISTOL, Trinity
24th – COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre

All dates supporting I Am Kloot

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