Iron & Wine Archive Series: Volume No. 1 16 unreleased very early Iron & Wine tracksFirst in a series, Sam Beam will be gathering otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, live sets and curiosities from his entire career as Iron And Wine and releasing them on his own Black Cricket Recording Co. label. This first release taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron And Wine. These 16 songs came to life at the same time as those selected for Iron And Wine’s debut album ‘The Creek Drank The Cradle’ (Sub Pop, 2002 - 197K sales to date). Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette. Digitally transferred from the original cassettes and packaged in gatefold artwork featuring the ‘Bird Of Paradise Quilt Top’ (licensed from the American Folk Art Museum). Black Cricket Recording Co. LP
Calexico / Iron & Wine In The Reins Reissue of the lovelly collaboration between Calexico and Iron & Wine! The record manages to blend the best aspects of the two groups and comes off a winner in all respects. You get Iron & Wine's melodicism, emotional depth, and literary grace backed by Calexico's desert-bleached C&W orchestral splendor. The record is probably pitched more in the I&W camp as Iron & Wine's Sam Beam wrote all the songs and sings his moody miniature portraits of desperation in a breathy, shivers-down-your-spine croon. Calexico color in his compositions with pedal steels, vibraphone, and meandering trumpets, and lead them out of the insular Florida swamp and into the wide-screen West. Overcoat Recordings CD | LP
Iron & Wine Weed Garden Indies exclusive 12" is on opaque orange coloured vinyl. A new 6-track EP from the iconic and adored indie-folk artist Iron & Wine, following on from their 2018 Grammy-nominated album Beast Epic. Anyone into the likes of The National, Phoebe Bridgers or Bon Iver should give Iron & Wine a listen. The six-song EP features songs that were part of the writing phase for Beast Epic, but went unfinished. They were part of a larger narrative for principal songwriter Sam Beam, who ran out of time to get them where they needed to be for inclusion on Beast Epic. Weed Garden also includes the fan favorite “Waves of Galveston.” While on tour last fall, the final pieces of material took shape and a sense of urgency prevailed in bringing these characters full circle. To resolution. To completion. In January, Beam and company hunkered down in Chicago at The Loft recording studio to capture these six songs. No more, no less. Weed Garden joins the good company of previous Iron & Wine EP’s - The Sea and Rhythm, Woman King, In the Reins – and in 2018’s attention-span challenged world that's not a bad thing. Sub Pop 12" | CD
Iron & Wine Archive Series Volume No. 2 Limited indied only colour 7" feature 2 unreleased Iron & Wine songs. Home recorded covers of Neil Young’s Albuquerque and Four Tops’ It's The Same Old Song. Black Cricket 7"
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Poster size is A1 (ish) The wonderful Iron & Wine release new album, their first for 4AD avaliable on CD and LP New to 4AD, Iron And Wine deliver the perfect way to start any year. It’s been over three years since Iron & Wine released "The Shepherd’s Dog", a collection of songs that Sam (Beam) himself described as an attempt to replicate something in the vein of Tom Waits’ "Swordfishtrombones". While Waits fans might gasp at such a notion, making the kind of records that had brought much of their early successes would have been all too easy and living up to folks expectations never sounded all that interesting to Sam. After all, the most fascinating journeys are the ones where you have no idea where you’re headed, and that’s what the experience of making the record turned out to be. In the end, they were rewarded with a warm reception from both fans and critics alike. "Kiss Each Other Clean" is the next logical step and should have been done sooner had life not got in the way. As is well documented, Sam resides outside of Austin, Texas close to the middle of nowhere where he and his wife tend to a rather large homestead. As one journalist who visited him once said, “he lives exactly as you hoped he would”. Good for us, sometimes difficult for him. When possible, recording sessions were taking place over the course of 2010 in Chicago with Brian Deck at the helm again as well as a number of familiar names who pop up to contribute musically. Not one to rest on laurels, 'Kiss Each Other Clean' takes off where 'The Shepherd’s Dog' left us with layer upon layer, rhythm upon rhythm and of course some acoustic guitar and whispering vocals for good measure. In a recent interview Sam said that the resulting ten tracks make for a “more focused pop record”, albeit with “straight-up jazz, blues and African elements” experimentally thrown in. If we are to believe Sam on his earlier Waits-ian comparison then it’s safe to say that "Kiss Each Other Clean" could be the second phase in his own trilogy a la "Rain Dogs". One thing is certain, he’s yet to show any sign of letting up. www.myspace.com/ironandwine 4AD CD | LP
Iron & Wine Walking Far From Home New 7" from Iron & Wine taken from the new album! "Kiss Each Other Clean" - Iron And Wine’s debut album for 4AD and first studio effort in over three years – shows Sam Beam continuing to mine folk, African, rock, country, and Jamaican musical traditions for inspiration whilst also switching the focus of his studio lens to 60s and 70s pop influences. The results are astounding, serving to underline his ascent to one of today’s greatest storytellers, able to craft meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery and wistful dreams. 4AD 7"
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days The beautiful second album from Samuel Beam, who single handedly takes care of all of Iron & Wine's instrumentation and vocals! Another well rounded collection of breathy, calming folk lullabies with a really good range of lively tunes and really sleepy, emotional and thoughtful ones too. The formula is simple, but thoroughly addictive - one of those acts that when you enjoy one record, you need to catch up on the back catalogue. Wonderful stuff. (NB) 1. On Your Wings 2. Naked As We Came 3. Cinder and Smoke 4. Sunset Soon Forgotten 5. Teeth in the Grass 6. Love and Some Verses 7. Radio War 8. Each Coming Night 9. Free Until They Cut Me Down 10. Fever Dream 11. Sodom, South Georgia 12. Passing Afternoon Sub Pop CD | LP
Iron & Wine Beast Epic Deluxe LP includes a second disc with additional tracks and an etching on the D-side, initial run will also be on red and blue coloured vinyl. The highly anticipated sixth full length album from Iron & Wine, incredible singer-songwriter that's looking back to the roots and stripping the tracks down to their simple and elegant forms. The sound of Beast Epic harks back to previous work, in a way, as well. By employing the old discipline of recording everything live and doing minimal overdubbing, I feel like it wears both its achievements and its imperfections on its sleeve. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different genres, sonics and songwriting styles and all that traveled distance is evident in the feel and the arrangements here, but the muscles seemed to have relaxed and been allowed to effortlessly do what they do best. Sub Pop CD | LP