It has been a whirlwind couple of months for Jesca Hoop, the Tom Waits endorsed Californian who relocated to Manchester last year and whose rather impressive self-released album Hunting My Dress was released on November 30 to huge critical acclaim and heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music (and my ipod!). Following a spellbinding sell-out show in London where The Observer noted that Jesca “spins a balance between play and poignancy, complexity and catchiness without breaking a thread”, a string of UK dates have been announced for the UK in February 2010, with a single 'Feast of the Heart' due for release on 22 February. 'Feast of the Heart' is in the words of Jesca Hoop “made up of just two basses, a totally haphazard drum track and my voice”. She neglects to mention that it also drips with pop passion, as if Marc Ribot is joining a rampant Hoop letting her tresses a go-go, with military drums adding to the maelstrom. Jesca plays Nice N Sleazys on February 13th and then hops over to Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh on the 15th.