IRON AND WINE KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN RELEASED MONDAY
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.