Love Letter for Fire by Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
Prior to hearing the album here at #29, I was familiar with only half of the duo. I’ve been a fan of Sam Beam, otherwise known as Iron & Wine, for over a decade. Jesca Hoop has been recording music for nearly as long as Beam, but this album was my first experience with her sultry voice.
Love Letter for Fire is a perfectly fine record. It’s gorgeous, a lovely thing to put on in the background when you’re — I don’t know — knitting by a fire, ensconced in a cabin deep in the woods on an island in the San Juans, or at least imagining yourself doing as much.
The album is produced, engineered and mixed by Seattle’s Tucker Martine, who has worked on a mind-boggling high number of albums I’ve loved over the years. Finger picked guitars, violins and cellos, pianos, and the buttery-smooth voices of Beam and Hoop — you really can’t go wrong.