Iron and Wine

Iron & Wine – New Album, Free MP3

by That Guy on January 6, 2011

Remember Iron & Wine? I do…barely. I haven’t really listened to them/him since 2004’s Our Endless Numbered Days and then the collaboration with Calexico, but I have fond memories of Sam Beam inventing the Beard in what I imagine was his woodshop and quickly becoming America’s folk hero. I mean, I guess we have been in a recession for something like 3 years and Sam Beam’s music isn’t exactly what I would call “jubilant,” but has America just been too depressed to listen to him?

Maybe he picked up on that, because he and his new band are set to release a new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, on January 25th and Beam describes the album as sounding “like the music people heard in their parents car growing up€¦ that early-to-mid-70s FM, radio-friendly music.” Gotta respect the Beard.

You can download “Tree By the River,” a new track off the album, by signing up for Iron & Wine’s email list right here. It’s definitely a departure for them, but I’m digging it. Here’s the video. And here’s a great track from their EP released last year.

P.S. (for loyal HearYa readers) Over/under on @oddbodkins zinging a beard comment is 2.5 hours. I’m giddy with anticipation.


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Iron and Wine are readying a compilation album called Around The Well for release on May 19th via Sub Pop Records. They’ve offered up a 9 minute plus doozy called “Trapeze Swinger” for free download. More about the album:

Collecting songs ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released, Around the Well spans Iron and Wine’s earliest sessions which yielded the band’s debut (2002’s The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. The double-disc Around the Well collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, unedited and raw, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers.

Iron and Wine – Trapeze Swinger