Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

June 6, 2016 by STEPHEN THOMPSON • Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop visited NPR’s offices on what may well be 2016’s most beautiful day so far: perfectly warm and sunny, uncharacteristically dry, and perfect for lounging happily on the roof deck just around the corner from the Tiny Desk. Hoop and Beam did just that, hanging out amiably for hours after their show ended, as part of one of the most comfortable and relaxing days in the history of NPR Music.

The music itself was gorgeous to match, as the two performed three songs from their new collaborative record, Love Letters For Fire. If you haven’t yet heard it, the album’s sound fits right where you’d hope it would: between the inventive hookiness of Hoop’s terrific solo work and the more somber ruminations of the work Beam makes at the head of Iron & Wine. Weeks later, watching their performance is like recapturing a little slice of that spring day, just when we need it most.

Love Letters For Fire is available now:

“Sailor To Siren”
“Know The Wild That Wants You”
“Every Songbird Says”

Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Kara Frame; Production Assistant: Jackson Sinnenberg; Photo: Brandon Chew/NPR.

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  1. Love Sam Beam but honestly can't understand why he's playing with her. She's so far from how incredible he and his music is. Just wish we'd have more new stuff of his own without her. Still loved the performance though!

  2. Beautiful harmonies , delicately done . These are two very gifted and sensitive artists. I can't wait to hear more of them. Lovely voices in beautiful sync and rich , sonorous guitar . Thank you both for this gem . George Lewis, Sr. ( NPR , you guys rock with these TDC's .) GL, Sr.

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