Originally from California, Jesca Hoop made the journey to Manchester on the advice of Elbow's Guy Garvey, who stumbled across her while mastering Leaders Of The Free World in Los Angeles. She went on to become the main support for Elbow on US and UK tours. Not to mention performing a duet with the man himself on Murder Of Birds, a beautifully stripped back song depicting the deterioration of love, featuring on her last album.



As to whether Hoop has fallen in love with the grey skies since having come from such sun touched surroundings remains to be seen, but nonetheless the UK warmly welcomed her last album, Hunting My Dress. The record was an exciting mixture of melodic ideas and abstract lyrics, all articulated by a gripping vocal talent.



Today's track, taken from the upcoming Snowglobe EP, brings this soothingly smooth singing to the fore. Behind her enchanting tones lies a tale of lonesomeness and desperation. A woman drinks alone with only the ghosts inside the house for company, before an ethereal crescendo sees this sparse atmosphere broken by layers of impressive ululating lines sung as though overcome.



Her inspiration for this bleak, demonic description of a haunted dwelling is a residual memory of time spent living in the underbelly of LA, on a skid row. She remembers "an elite hotel with a skirt of cardboard houses wrapped around its foot," after a surge in homelessness during the '80s. "The block I moved into was lined with these cardboard houses and people sleeping in doorways. What left the biggest impression on me was the look in their eyes. I witnessed many possessed," she recalls.



Jesca Hoop's Snowglobe EP is to be released on 4th April



Words: Simon Butcher