Well, here's the thing: we keep coming back to the recent Iiris EP (it's called Hope just like its leading track) and we've put 2 and 2 together and gathered that the reason for the repeat listens is that it's a very good EP.

Iiris herself is no small talent, as the song-writing and vocal execution of the tracks on Hope readily demonstrates, so we tore her away from allegedly plotting world pop domination in the music department studio at Goldsmiths to ask her probing questions about the songs we've been enjoying so much over the past few weeks.

If I had to summarise Hope in one sentence, it would be...

"Lust like dew on blueberries in the pale blue of dawn" or maybe "Hope like a star in the velvet night".

The first song I ever wrote was...

'I'm Like a Lizard' in third grade. That was very dangerously similar to 'I'm Like a Bird' by Nelly Furtado, which was my fave song at the time.

My favourite part of the recording process for the EP was when...

We were writing the songs with Proverb and felt good about them. New songs are usually the favourite songs and that first rush of inspiration when you feel like the next best thing you've written is coming along is the sweetest.

The song that has evolved the most between its first version and the finished EP version is...

'Hope' at first was way faster and had rapping sections in it.

The song that took the longest to nail down was...

'Hope', because it didn't work with rapping and the ending of it was the best part of it - which is the same as in the final version - so we took the outro as our guide and basically changed the song completely and into this sensual jam it is today. As soon as we had the better version down with vocals down and all, we also decided that it should be 2bpm faster, so we had to do it all over again.

I knew the EP was finished when...

We had the masters down and sounding good.

The song I am most proud of on the EP is...

I like all of them, they're like little memories in gemstones. I feel they all came at a similar time and from the same place. I'm proud of all of them and some time has gone by since I wrote them so it's hard to pick a favourite.

From all the tracks on Hope, the one I am most excited about performing live is...

'Continuum IX' because in a live situation it sounds more bombastic, dynamic and aggressive than on the record. It's always lovely to feel like a powerful sensual dragonlady on stage - this song makes me feel like that.

The lyric I am most proud of on the EP is...

"Heaven could be where you want it to be". I'm still trying to live and breathe that sentence, it's not very easy but quite gratifying.

Hope is out now on Dreamweaver.