Iron and Wine stopped by the studios of New York public radio station WNYC yesterday to perform a few songs from the new album, Ghost on Ghost, on Soundcheck and talk with host John Schaefer about the new album, which was recorded over two weeks in Brooklyn. You can listen to the complete episode—including solo acoustic performances of the album tunes "Winter Prayers," "Grace for Saints and Ramblers," and "Low Light Buddy of Mine" —below.
Iron and Wine will swing by the IFC Center in New York City on Thursday, April 25, at 7 PM, for a chat after the screening of Mike Leigh's 1993 film Naked. It's the latest in The Modern School of Film's series FILM:ACOUSTIC, which invites special guests to present and discuss a favorite movie.
Details and tickets at ifccenter.com.
Iron and Wine, aka singer-songwriter Sam Beam, spoke with New York Times writer James C. McKinley Jr. about the evolution of his songwriting, culminating in Iron and Wine's just-released fifth studio album, Ghost on Ghost.
"Some of the tracks on the new LP are built over jazz rhythms and walking bass lines; others are constructed over funk beats," writes the Times' McKinley. "The songs feature Motown chord progressions with R&B horn lines, string parts and rich layered backup harmonies reminiscent of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s late arrangements. One track, 'Lover’s Revolution,' is a conscious nod to Charles Mingus."
You can read what Beam has to say in the interview at nytimes.com.
April 20, 2013
In honor of Record Store Day 2013, Iron and Wine releases a special, limited-edition 7" including two exclusive tracks unavailable anywhere else: "Next to Paradise" and "Dirty Dream." The 7" was cut by Bernie Grundman Studios and pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany. Pick up a copy today at your local record store or, for a limited time, online in the Iron and Wine Store.
Iron and Wine’s fifth album, Ghost on Ghost, is out now on CD, vinyl, and digitally via 4AD and Nonesuch Records. Produced by Brian Deck, the album showcases the next chapter in the ever evolving Iron and Wine songbook.