|Jesca Hoop & Sam Beam — Love Letter for Fire|
Jesca Hoop & Sam Beam — Love Letter for Fire (April 15th, 2016)♣ Beamovo sedmé album (navíc 7 EP´s, 10 singlů a 3x Live). Nejvyššího umístění dosáhlo album “Kiss Each Other Clean” #2 v USA. Současné album je v první fázi podpořeno dvaceti koncerty v USA a Kanadě. Turné začína v Ann Arbor, MI 17. května, končí v Chicagu, IL 11. června. Přichystáno je však již turné v Irsku a UK v srpnu a září. Jesca Hoop má na kontě 2 EPs a 5 LP, naposledy “Undress” 17. února 2014, na kterém figuruje Sam Beam jako hostující zpěvák v písni Hunting “My Dress”. Spolupráce těchto dvou spřízněných umělců rozhodně není úplnou novinkou. Hoop popisuje lásku a písně stručně: “Každá píseň má svou vlastní hřejivost a svou vlastní trajektorii.”
Název alba se dá vypreparovat z písně “We Two Are a Moon” a představuje jakousi “pomíjivou lásku, která prochází” prostorem a pak je pryč. Sam Beam trvá na titulním názvu alba v tom smyslu, že “je to milostný dopis určen nejspíše do ohně. Nebo snad milostný dopis, který je již beztak předurčen ke zbytečnosti? A ponechává posluchači prostor, aby dospěl k vlastnímu závěru. Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop is a nearly unclassifiable talent whose songs range from outsider folk to indie rock. Birth name: Samuel Beam
Born: July 26, 1974, Chapin, South Carolina, United States
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, percussion, harmonica, bass
Birth name: Jessica Ada Hoop
Born: 21 April 1975, Santa Rosa, California, United States
Location: Chapin, South Carolina ~ Durham, North Carolina / Manchester, UK
Album release: April 15th, 2016
Formats: CD / LP / DL / CASS
Record Label: Sub Pop
01 Welcome to Feeling 0:59
02 One Way to Pray 3:29
03 The Lamb You Lost 3:31
04 We Two Are a Moon 2:35
05 Midas Tongue 3:03
06 Know the Wild that Wants You 2:57
07 Every Songbird Says 3:24
08 Bright Lights and Goodbyes 3:44
09 Kiss Me Quick 2:45
10 Chalk It up to Chi 2:21
11 Valley Clouds 3:21
12 Soft Place to Land 3:34
13 Sailor to Siren 3:15
℗ 2016 Sub Pop Records
• All tracks written by Sam Beam / Jesca Hoop
♣ Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse)
♣ Beam and Hoop on vocals and guitar
♣ Robert Burger (keys)
♣ Eyvind Kang (violin, viola)
♣ Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion)
♣ Sebastian Steinberg (bass)
♣ Edward Rankin–Parker (cello) Review
♣ Love Letter for Fire is the name of the collaborative record from songwriters Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop. Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse), the Sub Pop release spans 13 tracks and features Beam and Hoop on vocals and guitar along with Robert Burger (keys), Eyvind Kang (violin, viola), Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion), Sebastian Steinberg (bass) and Edward Rankin–Parker (cello).
♣ Contemplating a duets album for some time, Beam was never able to find the right voice — until Hoop’s music found its way to his stereo. Diving into her catalog on iTunes one afternoon, specifically the album Kismet, was the spark Sam needed to reach out to Jesca and propose the idea of writing together. The timing could not have been better for Beam: “I was looking to work with another songwriter because I had never shared the songwriting responsibility with anyone. I really enjoyed her music and it’s different than mine which is what excited me about the project.”
♣ Hoop at the time was finishing her fourth record and had never co–written either. However she notes, “I had the advantage of knowing Sam’s music because it had cleaned my house many times, so I was familiar with his sensibilities and knew the combination could work.” Her memory though of “Sam’s pitch” for making the record occurred once they connected in person and Beam “threw [the idea] under his breath, like ‘If we ever write songs together.’ I think he said ‘Let’s make an EP’ and I said ‘Let’s make an album.’”
♣ The inspiration behind Love Letter for Fire was Sam’s love of classic duets, most of which are ones he grew up hearing on the radio. “Some of my favorite songs are duets, because the narrative is expanded. It’s not just a monologue. It’s a conversation, and so it gets complicated. I had melodies over the years that I’d been compiling that I thought, this sounds like a classic Kenny and Dolly, ‘Islands in the Stream’ kind of thing, or George and Tammy”. While the record itself is not Countrypolitan in nature, the two have carved out something that feels wholly original and should have no trouble appealing to fans of their previous work.
♣ Over the course of thirteen songs Love Letter for Fire brims with a joyful energy, contrasting Beam and Hoop’s songwriting styles yet never feeling forced, nor pandering. Veering from disparate pop (“Every Songbird Says” / “Chalk It Up To Chi”) to introspective folk (“One Way to Pray” / “Soft Place to Land”) to a few things in between (“Welcome to Feeling” / “Midas Tongue”), the record never rests solely on just the two voices but rather showcases the new chapter of songwriting each found in the collaboration. Beam notes: “(Jesca) brought a lot of energy and a lot of heart in places where I would be cerebral, she would bring heart. In places where I would be steady, she would add an exclamation point.” ♣ Recorded in Portland, Oregon with the steady hand of Tucker Martine, the album features a collection of handpicked musicians. The band includes Rob Burger, a frequent Iron & Wine contributor, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple), Teddy Rankin–Parker (Primus), Eyvind Kang (Decemberists/Tzadik and Ipecac labels) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco). This particular set of musicians had never worked together, but quickly found themselves on equal footing. For Beam it was a bit of a dream team: “It was a really funband, and a lot less guitar than I usually have on my [Iron & Wine] records. Tucker and the band were able to help bring out what’s inside of you that you might not know is there.”
♣ The album’s title comes from the song, “We Two Are A Moon” and the irony of the title and record of love songs by two folks not in love is not lost on its creators. The idea of love in song and life is a constant and universal denominator that everyone relates to. Hoop describes love and the songs succinctly: “Each song has its own heat, its own trajectory.” The album title represents a kind of “ephemeral love that passes through” and then it’s gone. Beam on the other hand insists the title plays on itself in that “is it a love letter for fire? Or is it a love letter ready to be wasted?” and leaves it up to the listener to come to their own conclusions.
♣ Beam, his wife Kim, and their five daughters live in Durham, North Carolina. He was raised in the Bible belt as a Christian, but is now an agnostic: “That was a confusing time for me, but I don’t miss being misled. I’m not an atheist. There’s an undeniable unseen world that some people call God and think they know more about than other people. I try not to get hung up on the names.”
♣ In 2011, a portrait of Beam was painted by British artist Joe Simpson. The painting was exhibited around the UK, including in a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.
Artist Biography by Margaret Reges
♣ A sensual, esoteric singer/songwriter whose odd, sparse songs nod to influences like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Vashti Bunyan, Jesca Hoop got her big break thanks to her gig as a nanny for Tom Waits’ offspring in the early 2000s. Hoop had grown up in a musically inclined Mormon family, but left the fold soon after her parents separated. She traveled around California, Wyoming, and Arizona writing songs and honing her craft before settling down with the Waits family for five years as their nanny. Waits took a liking to Hoop’s off–beat indie pop songs — songs that in their way linked her with so–called “New Weird Americans” like Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Faun Fables — and he passed her demo (a version of the song “Seed of Wonder”) along to Lionel Conway, who in turn handed it to KCRW’s Nic Harcourt. The DJ took a liking to Hoop’s demo and started giving “Seed of Wonder” some airplay; the song went on to become fairly popular with Harcourt’s listeners, so much so that record companies started paying court to Hoop. She signed with 3 Entertainment soon after the song hit the radio, and her debut full–length on that label, Kismet, was released in 2007. The Kismet Acoustic EP arrived in 2008, followed by her sophomore full–length, Hunting My Dress, in the summer of 2010. The Snowglobe EP followed in 2011. Hoop’s third album, House That Jack Built, was released in the summer of 2012, and co–produced with Tony Berg.
♣ Hoop’s style has been characterised as largely experimental with folk, rock and electronic influences. Her early mentor Tom Waits described it as “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”.
♣ She often finds that “I have an identity crisis every time I write a catalogue of songs, I think: what is this music? Where does it fit?”. She explained her tendency to move between a number of styles as “I am impressed by the power of music and its ability to transform the vessel it enters. I am everyday affected by it. If I want to change my mood, I change my music.”
Who? What? Why? Where? When? Jesca Hoop
MARCH 11, 2016
WHEN will there be a harvest for the world?
♣ Yikes… What kind of harvest do you mean? My mind goes to dark places. “Harvest of common sense” you mean? Distribute a bumper crop of good old common sense with a bonus of human decency? A “let’s stop oppressing others” kind of “common sense harvest”, you mean? Like let’s stop humouring Donald Trump kind of common sense? I really have no idea what you mean by this question but I certainly hope that there will be a harvest for the world before 8 November 2016.
|Jesca Hoop & Sam Beam — Love Letter for Fire|