Conor Oberst pieced together his latest album, Ruminations, with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonica. “Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor,” he previously said of the LP’s recording circumstances. “I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record.”
The singer-songwriter brought that same minimalist aesthetic to his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. Cozied up to a piano, Oberst offered up a no-frills yet still wholly charming performance of Rumination tracks “Gossamer Thin” and “Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out”.
Replay both performances below.