Fantastic songwriter !
Rolling River Radio
Iron & Wine - my favourite discovery since joining IAC - I downloaded the epic "The Trapeze Swinger" from I-tunes yesterday and what a great folk song it is - an infectious melody and guitar pick that becomes increasingly addictive as the song progresses - works in the same sort of way as Mr Tambourine man - the listener becomes lost in the dreamlike lyrics after a certain point. Highly recommended.
FAME & GLORY
Aside from the immediacy and intimacy of his recorded work, there is one thing (aside from the evidently ceaselessly noteworthy fact that he sports a beard...) clear about Iron & Wine's Sam Beam: he is wonderfully prolific. In just short of 2 1/2 years he has released 2 albums (2002's The Creek Drank the Cradle and 2004's Our Endless Numbered Days) and (with this and 2003's The Sea and the Rhythm) two EPs. Recorded in August 2004 with Brian Deck at his Engine Studios, Iron & Wine's latest release is striking both for its broadened palette (percussion, piano, violin, electric guitar) and its thematic focus on female characters both archetypal and personal