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Jesca Hoop On World Cafe

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Jesca Hoop performed songs from her latest album, Hunting My Dress, at WXPN in Philadelphia. courtesy of Vanguard Records hide caption

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Jesca Hoop performed songs from her latest album, Hunting My Dress, at WXPN in Philadelphia.

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Set List

  • "Whispering Light"
  • "Four Dreams"
  • "Murder of Birds"

On Hunting My Dress, Jesca Hoop explodes the conventions of the folksinger. Her cockeyed melodies, emphatic beats and creative vocal arrangements are unusual but catchy. Overall, the songwriting sounds rustic, with a tip of the hat to folk tunes of the past, but her complex production thrusts her music into the realm of postmodern pop songs.

Hoop grew up in a musically inclined Mormon family in Northern California, and later spent time living alone in the woods of California and Wyoming. She served as nanny to Tom Waits' kids for five years and got some pointers from the raspy-voiced crooner during her tenure. Judging by her music, Hoop shares Waits' propensity for the off-kilter.

On this episode of World Cafe, hear an interview with Hoop and three songs recorded during her concert at WXPN's World Cafe Live music venue.

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