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.
- "Runnin' Your Way"
- "Couch Song"
- "Only As The Day Is Long"
- "The Colder The Air"
- "Last Time"
Cameras by Bob Boilen and Frannie Kelley