Jesca Hoop is a troubled woman. The woes that waylay the Californian singer-songwriter range from major - the recent death of both parents - to minor: a war against slugs in her adopted home of Manchester. Somewhere in between sits a sense of puzzlement about her work. "I have an identity crisis every time I write a catalogue of songs," she says. "I think: what is this music? Where does it fit?"

Her 2009 album, Hunting My Dress, was widely adored by critics and other musicians - including Guy Garvey of Elbow - but didn't seem to fit anywhere, except alongside the work of other musical misfits such as Kate Bush, Bj