Tom Waits said that Hoop's music “is like going swimming in a lake at night.” I want to know what kind of funky ass magic mojo folk pop lake that is and take up residence there. Hunting Dress is awesome. Hoop's point of view is entirely refreshing — clearly influenced by early folk and comfortable with pop structure (Four Dreams), but totally surpassing my expectations with surprising beats (Angel Mom) and dense harmonies (Whispering Light). Looks like we'll have to hit up the UK to see her this summer, but it's probably worth it. Hoop is rad. Dive in. (Lauren Nagel)