Friday, January 7, 2011

"Late Night with Iron & Wine"

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last night, 1/6-7. Along with his touring band, he performed "Half Moon" (broadcast nation-wide) and "Teeth In the Grass" (a web exclusive, crafted in 2004). The televised cut is set to appear on Album #4, Kissing Each Other Clean - Jan. 25th on Warner Bros. in the US, and Jan. 24th on 4AD in the UK.
Describing the album to SPIN's William Goodman, Beam said, "It's more of a focused pop record," and that "It sounds like the music people heard in their parent's car growing up… that early-to-mid-'70s FM, radio-friendly music." To me, that translates to a slightly spruced up, friendlier version of Iron & Wine's brand of (Soft) Folk Rock. This somewhat "new style" includes the use of live horns and synths, clarinets, saxophones, and elements of Jazz, Blues, and Traditional African music.

And this is a non-album B-side, "Summer In Savannah." Included on a Record Store 2010 pre-release 12"/CD single ("Walking Far from Home"). 2 of the EP's 3 tracks are exclusive to this release. The above track seems to prove that my "(Soft) Folk Rock" Theory seems to be pointing in the right direction.

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