IRON AND WINE KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN RE­LEASED MON­DAY

The Herald - Arts - - HIGHLIGHTS - BARRY DID­COCK

It’s been three years since we last heard f rom Texas-based singer-song­writer Sa­muel Beam, the man who records as Iron And Wine. That al­bum was The Shep­herd’s Dog, beloved of Twi­light fans thanks to the in­clu­sion of clos­ing track Flight­less Bird, Amer­i­can Mouth in the Prom scene of the first film. Older read­ers may know Beam bet­ter from ear­lier al­bums such as In The Reins, a 2005 col­lab­o­ra­tion with ghostly desert noir out­fit, Calex­ico.

Mon­day sees the re­lease of Kiss Each Other Clean, Beam’s fourth stu­dio al­bum and his first on 4AD. The la­bel is an ap­pro­pri­ate home for his stately, filmic com­po­si­tions, hav­ing also hosted acts like Lisa Ger­rard, as well as Zachary Con­don, an­other solo artist who trades un­der a moniker (Beirut).

In March, Beam takes Iron And Wine on the road for a Euro­pean tour which touches down in Scot­land for one date only, at HMV Pic­ture House, Ed­in­burgh, on March 11. The bet­ter news is that he’s bring­ing a full band, so the sax toots, xy­lo­phone parts and funky Rhodes pi­ano licks that spill out of new songs like Mon­keys Up­town and Big Burned Hand can be heard in all their glory.

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