Beginning as a solo, home-recording project, Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine has grown in complexity with each album, adding additional players, electronic elements and even a horn section.
With the sixth Iron & Wine full-length album, Beam has brought the project back to its roots. There are still collaborators on the songs. Rob Burger plays keys, Joe Adamik, drums, Jim Becker adds guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin, Sebastian Steinberg plays bass, and Teddy Rankin, cello. But the songs are spare, reminiscent of the first Iron & Wine recordings. As Beam says in the album’s liner notes, “The ferris wheel keeps spinning and we’re constantly approaching, leaving or returning to something totally unexpected or startlingly familiar.”
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