Watch The A’s Whimsical ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

See the pair bear Fruit by showing off their gorgeous harmonies at Bob Boilen’s desk.

By Scott Bernstein Dec 1, 2022 7:12 am PST

The A’s – the duo of Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Daughter Of Swords) – recently swung by NPR Music’s Washington D.C. headquarters to perform a Tiny Desk Concert. The Mountain Man bandmates gathered at Bob Boilen’s desk to play five songs with a focus on their debut album, Fruit.

Last month, the pair completed their first tour as support for Marcus Mumford. They each were making their return to Tiny Desk Concert as Mountain Man appeared in 2019. Additionally, Amelia and partner Nick Sanborn performed a Sylvan Esso session in 2015 and Alexandra presented a Daughter Of Swords set in February of 2020.

The A’s, each wearing identical outfits, began their Tiny Desk Concert by showing off their yodeling skills and beautiful a capella harmonies on Fruit standout “When The Bloom Is On The Sage.” Alexandra then grabbed an acoustic guitar for the Appalachian tune “Swing And Turn Jubilee.”

Next up was the session’s lone song that doesn’t appear on Fruit, “Werewolf.” Originally penned and recorded by folk artist Michael Hurley in 1965, Cat Power covered the tune for 2003’s You Are Free. A traditional song, “Wedding Dress,” followed. The A’s then closed out the set a capella with “When I Die,” the lone original featured on Fruit. Despite the heavy lyrical content, the pair kept the vibes light.

Check out The A’s Tiny Desk Concert below:


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