Sam Beam has been hard at work in the studio on the latest Iron & Wine album Ghost on Ghost. Here’s the first taste of the new goods. This track is called Lovers’ Revolution.
I’m completely torn. On the one hand I love jazz and this song is really… freaking… good. On the other, I do miss Iron & Wine’s traditional acoustic folk sound that has all but disappeared over the last few albums.
I feel somewhat obnoxious saying this after only hearing one track, but someone on the youtube channel made a comment that really resonated; with each passing album Beam puts more distance between himself and the listener and I think that’s staggeringly accurate. The folky, scratchy, low-fi sound of old had a way of making it feel like they were right there beside you. As each successive album was released, that sound became more and more processed and diluted in the studio resulting in the aforementioned distance. Beam’s stylistic changes only added to that.
I realize that I don’t have any room to complain. It’s nostalgia and nothing more. And as this is only one track, I’ll withhold judgement of any kind until April when Ghost on Ghost is released (which of course begs the question “then what the hell was the point of the previous paragraph?” but I digress). As long as Beam’s amazing lyrics continue to weave their way in and out of dreams and reality I don’t see Iron & Wine leaving its post as my favorite band.
And as a little bonus, here’s a cover Iron & Wine did of Long Black Veil made famous by Johnny Cash.