Album: Jesca Hoop, Hunting My Dress (Last Laugh)

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The Independent Culture

Things you need to say in any review of Hoop's debut album: she has a stint as nanny to Tom Waits' children on her CV. Things you don't: Björk and Kate Bush. That's that out of the way.

To business. Hunting My Dress is a strange and yet strangely familiar album, full of musical inventions that back Hoop's crystal-clear vocals perfectly: think Sandy Denny had she been brought up Mormon in California. Reassuring and unsettling in equal measure, Jesca Hoop might just turn out to be the Lady Gaga of freaky folk.