LIVE REVIEW: Jesca Hoop @ Sage Gateshead (22.7.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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At one stage a few years back, Jesca Hoop was being touted by Tom Waits, perhaps seeing something of Rickie Lee Jones in her hip and laid back musical chops. Having worked as the Waits/Brennan nanny in LA, Hoop uprooted and moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, where she now bases herself. Earlier this year she released her sixth album on Sub Pop, and she’s a class act.

Her set is a jazzy sweep through a canon of songs with pop, English folk, and Americana influences.  She’s a handy guitarist too, though a slight presence on stage, and her minimalist arrangements are not really suited to a standing Northern Rock Foundation Hall. A seated Hall Two would have worked much better for Fairport’s style ballads like Tulip, and that was one of the lively ones.

Memories Are Now was the highlight of a set that never really caught fire, with its rolling Throwing Muses-like guitar repetitions.

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