Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter For Fire

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Love Letter For Fire is the debut collaborative studio album by American singer-songwriters Sam Beam (from Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop, released in June 2016 via Sub Pop Records.

A collection of songs steeped in the tradition of the male/female duet where love – in its many forms - takes center stage.  

Contemplating a duets album for some time, Beam was never able to find the right voice - until Hoop’s music found its way to his stereo. Diving into her catalog on iTunes one afternoon, specifically the album Kismet, was the spark Sam needed to reach out to Jesca and propose the idea of writing together.

The timing could not have been better for Beam: “I was looking to work with another songwriter because I had never shared the songwriting responsibility with anyone. I really enjoyed her music and it’s different than mine which is what excited me about the project.”

Hoop at the time was finishing her fourth record and had never co-written either.  However she notes, “I had the advantage of knowing Sam’s music because it had cleaned my house many times, so I was familiar with his sensibilities and knew the combination could work.” Her memory though of “Sam’s pitch” for making the record occurred once they connected in person and Beam “threw [the idea] under his breath, like ‘If we ever write songs together.’ I think he said ‘Let’s make an EP’ and I said ‘Let’s make an album.’”  

The inspiration behind Love Letter for Fire was Sam’s love of classic duets, most of which are ones he grew up hearing on the radio. “Some of my favorite songs are duets, because the narrative is expanded. It’s not just a monologue.  It’s a conversation, and so it gets complicated. I had melodies over the years that I’d been compiling that I thought, this sounds like a classic Kenny and Dolly, ‘Islands in the Stream’ kind of thing, or George and Tammy”.  

Veering from disparate pop (“Every Songbird Says” / “Chalk It Up To Chi”) to introspective folk (“One Way to Pray” / “Soft Place to Land”) to a few things in between (“Welcome to Feeling” / “Midas Tongue”), the record never rests solely on just the two voices but rather showcases the new chapter of songwriting each found in the collaboration. 

Recorded in Portland, Oregon with the steady hand of Tucker Martine, the album features a collection of handpicked musicians. The band includes Rob Burger, a frequent Iron & Wine contributor, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple), Teddy Rankin-Parker (Primus), Eyvind Kang (Decemberists/Tzadik and Ipecac labels) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco).

The album’s title comes from the song, “We Two Are A Moon“ and the irony of the title and record of love songs by two folks not in love is not lost on its creators. The idea of love in song and life is a constant and universal denominator that everyone relates to. Hoop describes love and the songs succinctly: “Each song has its heat, its own trajectory. The album title represents a kind of “ephemeral love that passes through” and then it’s gone”. Beam on the other hand insists the title plays on itself in that “is it a love letter for fire? Or is it a love letter ready to be wasted?” and leaves it up to the listener to come to their own conclusions.

This LP Record is the Very Limited "Loser Edition", being the First Run on 180 Gram Coloured "Smoke" Vinyl with a Printed Inner Sleeve and Digital Download Card, pressed in the U.S.




Welcome To Feeling



One Way To Pray



The Lamb You Lost



We Two Are A Moon



Midas Tongue



Know The Wild That Wants You                  



Every Songbird Says



Bright Lights And Goodbyes



Kiss Me Quick



Chalk It Up To Chi



Valley Clouds



Soft Place To Land



Sailor To Siren

SKU 0098787116519
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number SP1165
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Barcode # 0098787116519
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.004m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000394000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition, Loser Edition First Run Coloured Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Smoke Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, MP3 Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Smoke
Genre Indie / Alternative
Genre Indie Folk
Genre Indie Rock

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