Get To Know Merge Records' New Band, Friendship : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast The Philadelphia band taps into the sounds of Americana and country without abandoning its indie rock roots. Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.

Get To Know Merge Records' New Band, Friendship

Friendship on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Chomp Chomp"
  • "Ramekin"
  • "Season"
  • "Smooth Pursuit"

On this episode, we welcome Philadelphia band Friendship into the World Cafe studio for a mini-concert.

Their latest album, and their first for Merge Records, is Love the Stranger. It's a record that taps into the sounds of Americana and country, but without abandoning the band's indie rock roots. While the first thing you'll probably notice is the vocals of songwriter Dan Wriggins, Love the Stranger is an evocative, dreamy and cohesive work thanks to bandmates Peter Gill, Michael Cormier and Jon Samuels.

So, let's get into our session with Friendship, starting with a performance of "Chomp Chomp." Watch that performance via NPR's Live Sessions, and listen to the complete session via the audio on this page.

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