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Sera Cahoone: Tiny Desk Concert

July 10, 2008 Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest, most notably Band of Horses and the spell-checker-defying Carissa's Wierd. But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent — a warm and inviting singer whose songs convey world-weariness and homespun grace. Cahoone stopped by the NPR offices to perform a few songs at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest, most notably Band of Horses and the spell-checker-defying Carissa's Wierd. But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent — a warm and inviting singer whose songs convey world-weariness and homespun grace.

At its best — hear "Couch Song" for an example — Cahoone's music perfectly simulates the sensation of lying in a hammock and sipping an iced tea, possibly while being fanned. Her songs may convey conflict or complication, but they're shot through with rare empathy; heard at the right time, they're like sonic foot-rubs at the end of a rough day.

Earlier this year, Cahoone made her national debut with another gentle marvel, Only as the Day Is Long; as with its predecessor, its songs are perfectly suited for the humble intimacy of a Tiny Desk Concert.

Set List
  • "Runnin' Your Way"
  • "Couch Song"
  • "Only As The Day Is Long"
  • "The Colder The Air"
  • "Last Time"
Credits

Cameras by Bob Boilen and Frannie Kelley

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