Iron & Wine's newest album Ghost on Ghost is set for release in one week, but before that day comes Samuel Beam has a treat for everyone. The entirety of Beam's fifth studio album is now streaming over at NPR.org. The LP, the follow-up to 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean, is described by Beam as "a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few". Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
Ghost on Ghost is out on April 16th via Nonesuch Records.
Iron & Wine, the moniker of Samuel Beam, has announced his fifth studio album Ghost on Ghost, his debut release with his new label Nonesuch Records. Due out on April 16th, the follow-up to 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean was produced by Brian Deck and will span 12 tracks. According to Beam, it is a departure from his previous albums, saying, "[t]his record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few."
The album also sees Beam employing the help of a slew of talented folks, such as Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, Anja Wood, and more.
For an initial sense of what Ghost on Ghost will sound like, Beam is streaming the first single titled "Lover's Revolution", a brass-heavy, jazz-infused number that sounds more carefree and improvisational than past efforts. Stream it below, where you can also find the tracklisting for the upcoming LP.
Ghost on Ghost Tracklist: 01. Caught in the Briars 02. The Desert Babbler 03. Joy 04. Low Light Buddy of Mine 05. Graces for Saints and Ramblers 06. Grass Windows 07. Singers and the Endless Song 08. Sundown (Back in the Briars) 09. Winter Prayers 10. New Mexico’s No Breeze 11. Lovers’ Revolution 12. Baby Center Stage
Today (August 7th) a new Johnny Cash compilation has been released titled We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash via Legacy. Earlier in the year a tribute show was filmed and is set to be broadcast on the 10th of August via PBS. From that show though, Pitchfork points towards this gorgeous cover from Iron & Wine of "Long Black Veil". See what you make of his rendition at the top of the page.
Iron & Wine has offered up the official visuals for the Kiss Each Other Clean featuring "Godless Brother In Love". The sun bleached easy on the eye video is a very pleasant way to spend 3 minutes of your day as the winter weather still holds a clenched fist on the world outside. Give it a watch at the top and look forward to a warm summer eve in say, oh, I don't know, 6 months maybe?!
It's been a while since we last saw Iron & Wine on late night TV, but the spell was cast once more last night with a visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They visited the studio to perform "Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version)" which featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1soundtrack. You don't have to be a Robert Pattinson geek to appreciate great music and this performance was magical. Thanks to the Audio Perv for the video support as always.
It's been a few months since we last saw a performance from Iron & Wine gracing the television sets of America, but last night the tv sets were graced once more. Samuel Beam dropped by the Jay Leno studio to put in a performance of his track "Tree By The River", which features on his latest LP Kiss Each Other Clean.
At the top you can enjoy the performance courtesy of the awesome Audio Perv. If you want this album in your life too just jump on over here.
Iron & Wine dropped by to play a track on Conan O'Brien's late nate slot last night and played a track from their new album. Strumming away to album track "Tree By The River" taken which features on Kiss Each Other Clean which, coincidentally is released today!
After you've watched the performance up top head over in this direction to pick up a copy of the album. It's a good listen and a little bit of a more filled out sound full of guitars, piano, horns and even a few unexpected surprises. Enjoy the Conan performance at the top courtesy of our friends over at The Audio Perv.