It was 2009 when Californian singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop arrived in Dingle on the back of her superb second album Hunting My Dress, so it was an extra pleasure to have her back for the organisers and in Derry too. Now based in Manchester, Jesca’s set was culled from her latest album The House That Jack Built.
What’s obvious is Hoop’s songwriting abilities; her lyrics are dextrous and unique and the music often pushes and pulls with unusual passages and time signatures. It all adds up to a fresh experience of not knowing where a song will end up. Songs like ‘Ode To Banksy’ and the album’s title track sound like they’re derailing but Hoop resolves them into sweet harmony.