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Let Iron & Wine Usher In Your Autumn

Posted by Greg / October 14, 2011

20111014-IronAndWine.jpgIron and Wine's Samuel Beam is a rare artist who stands above trends. This is not to say his music isn't popular or good, but that it doesn't ride any waves other than its own. He was doing the bearded-guy-in-the-woods thing before Bon Iver and the Fleet Foxes made it popular (and subsequently unpopular, or at least inducing of eye rolling). When he released his first album in 2002, he could have been lumped into the guy-with-acoustic-guitar thing that was so big at the time (see Dave Matthews, John Mayer, etc.), but he was clearly doing something different. At most he could draw Elliot Smith comparisons, but that was still an insufficient way of capturing his sound. His music was too transcendently beautiful to be reduced to comparisons.

And guess what: it's always been that way. Beam is sort of like the slow and steady turtle who wins the race. No single album of his has broken through in a serious way or caused a huge frenzy in the music world, but all of them have been really damn good. His sound has remained more or less the same since The Creek Drank the Cradle, save for some lovely innovations here and there, and there's no reason to ask for anything else. His sense of melody and the sound of his voice are enough to create great songs until the end of the world.

This said, I'm still a relative novice when it comes to Iron & Wine. I know I fell in love with this song back in 2004 and have liked the bits and snippets I've heard since then, but Iron & Wine remain an undiscovered country for me. I can only imagine this sense of discovery adding to my enjoyment tonight, as I kick off the rainy weekend with perfect tunes. I suggest checking it out.

Iron and Wine play at Olympia tonight, Friday, October 11
Pictured above is the cover to Iron & Wine's new album, Kiss Each Other Clean
Tickets for the show are available here



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