Iron & Wine

Pen­sive singer-song­writer re­turns for first pure solo LP since 2013’s Ghost On Ghost.

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Sam Beam doesn’t make many sud­den move­ments on his sixth al­bum as Iron & Wine: Beast Epic is, at times, gen­tle to the point of drowsi­ness. His more ex­per­i­men­tal skins are mainly shed for steady folk pon­der­ing, the col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit that led to his work with Jesca Hoop (2016’s Love Let­ter For Fire) and Band Of Horses’ Ben Brid­well (2015’s Sing Into My Mouth) sus­pended for his own quiet charisma. In­stead, the record un­folds its songs of faith, hope and sud­den clar­ity slowly, lit­tle glints and catches com­mand­ing at­ten­tion – the dis­tant Nick Drake rays re­flected on The Truest Stars We Know, the ten­der-to-thetouch lyrics on About A Bruise. Less cloudy than his ear­lier records, Beast Epic feels more rooted in its sun-warmed ground. It might not look like it’s go­ing to leap out and grab you, but Beam here launches a soft emo­tional am­bush. Vic­to­ria Se­gal

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