Love Letter For Fire by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop is an eclectic collection of unique folk and pop. Beam brings the wit and melancholic guitar of his Iron & Wine project, whilst Hoop contributes her experimental songwriting. The male-female harmonies are beautiful and an all-star band, including Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, flesh out these delicate folk-rock ditties.
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 7th April 2016
This is very good. The Sam Beam bits sound very much like the more organic Sam Beam from Iron & Wine circa “Our Endless Numbered Days” in 2004 (Especially “Midas Tongue”) as opposed to his later jazzier stuff. I prefer Iron & Wine’s earlier work with the exception of two songs: “Walking Far From Home” from “Kiss Each Other Clean” (2011) and “Baby Centre Stage” from “Ghost on Ghost” (2013) which I think are Beam’s two best.
The songs on here are up there with those and a lot of that quality seems to be down to Jesca Hoop’s interpretation. Her vocals really add something, whether it is harmony vocals or solo parts. Her voice is just brilliant. Opening track “Welcome To The Feeling” is very short but made my ears prick up instantly with a fractured arrangement and harmonies popping all over the place. “One Way To Pray” is just one of life’s beautiful songs. “Lamb You Lost” has a lovely lollop and sublime chorus with gorgeous harmonies. “Know The Wild That Wants You” if mournful and beautiful at the same time whilst “Chalk it up to Chi” takes things in a Tori Amos/Joanna Newsom direction.
One of the best first listens I’ve had for a while, currently on my third consecutive listen.
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