New Iron and Wine … and while we’re at it, Sufjan too

by Landry on January 21, 2011

Iron and Wine, the band formerly aka simply Sam Beam, has expanded to Beam and friends in their latest release, Kiss Each Other Clean (which actually doesn’t drop ’till 1/25/2011 – pre-order here).

You can listen to the album in its entirety on the aesthetically groovy player below, courtesy of Iron and Wine/Team Coco. (Catch Iron and Wine live on Conan Monday, January 24th.)

Kiss Each Other Clean is a production – no longer the startlingly naked, disarming sound of only Beam + guitar. To me, the vibe’s more hanging out on a muffly pile of quilts than Beam’s previously invoked feeling of drowning in a pool of honey sunlight. Note that while a padded cushion beats a thorny bed, the latter, to me, appeals as a most perilously inviting predicament.

Lucky fans in LA and NY can catch Iron and Wine live in the next couple of weeks: Jan 25 and 26 at the Wiltern in LA; Jan 29th at Radio City Music Hall, NY.

The folks at NPR Music hosted Iron and Wine for a live Tiny Desk Concert. Just posted today. Very cool new songs done bare.

:: CLICK HERE for the audio – Iron and Wine NPR Tiny Desk Concert – mp3 ::

While we’re at it…..

More than a few buffs have been drawing parallels, noting a cosmic coincidence that both Sufjan Stevens and Iron and Wine have turned toward kitchen sink electronica production. In case you missed the newest Sufjan, here’s a chance to listen and enjoy opining for yourself.

:: Listen to and download the whole album – The Age of Adz (10/12/2010) HERE ::

My two cents: Generally speaking, why not risk a little more and ache a little less while holding on to value in life and music? Evolution as an artist and the ability to continue releasing interesting material counts for a bunch in this humble aficionada’s book.

Additionally, you can check out the player below for Sufjan’s ironically titled All Delighted People EP (8/20/2010), which can be downloaded HERE.

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    Louis January 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hello Landry:

    It’s good to have you back after your hiatus.

    Best :)

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