From The Desk Of Jesca Hoop: Wheat Berry Bags

The first thing you notice about singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop’s seventh full-length is how spare it sounds, each song assembled only from two or three instrumental elements and Hoop’s warm-yet-adaptive, shape-shifting voice. Then you stop hearing that sparseness, so rich does the album sound. Somewhere near a half-hour into its 40-minute running time, it hits you again, and you start wondering how the hell Memories Are Now can sound so expansive, considering its skeletal arrangements. Hoop will be guest editing all week. Read our feature.

Hoop: I am quite proactive when it comes to pain relief. One of my go-to items for pain relief are these bags that are filled with whole wheat berries and lavender. You stick ’em in the microwave for three to four minutes and they get piping hot. I use them generally for shoulder pain, menstrual cramps, warming my feet and also heating the bed. The wheat and lavender have a soothing aroma.