Iron And Wine - Beast Epic

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Beast Epic is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Iron & Wine (Samuel Beam), released in August 2017 by Sub Pop Records.

On Beast EpicSam Beam took a conscious step back. He's stripped away most of the high production values, backing vocalists, horn sections, and orchestras that were all over his more recent work like spangles on an old denim jacket. This album was done with a small group, recorded relatively simply, and often recorded live as well.

Beam and his cohorts take a less-is-more approach to colouring in his suitably autumnal melodies, and get a sound that compares favourably with the classic Our Endless Numbered Days LP. It's a more seasoned, more confident and expansive version of that album for sure, as the years have given Beam a richer tapestry of life experiences to draw from.

His musical ideas are also more mature, and though the arrangements are simpler, they are still full of little tricks and sticky hooks. Beam's singing has only improved too. He never has to try too hard to convey the feelings behind the lyrics, and with each album he feels more and more wise.

Tracks like "Thomas County Law" and "The Truest Stars We Know" have a burnished, ages-old feel to them, like he's telling a story from the 1800s that still rings true. Without a single misstep, the rest of the album swings from catchy country ballads ("Bitter Truth") to evocative mini-epics ("Song In Stone"), rambling indie folk tales that feel very shaggy ("About A Bruise"), and slow, sad love songs ("Summer Clouds").

On the whole, Beast Epic has a lilting grace and pleasing simplicity that was missing from the last few Iron & Wine albums, and it's good to hear Beam working on a small scale again. Beam keeps the operation small and fills the centre with lots of wistful emotion and tender feelings.

Despite the seeming return to an earlier approach, it's not an exercise in nostalgia or a retracing of steps. Beam is too restless an artist for that, and the strength of the songwriting and the nimble performances keep it from feeling that way. It may not be a step forward, but it is a strong step in a very pleasing direction, especially for fans of a more unfiltered Iron & Wine.

Check out the tracks: “Call It Dreaming”” and “Thomas Country Law”. 

This LP with an inner sleeve and digital download is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(098787117011)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Claim Your Ghost

2:28

A2

Thomas County Law

3:24

A3

Bitter Truth

3:03

A4

Song In Stone

3:21

A5

Summer Clouds

3:33

A6

Call It Dreaming

3:51

B1

About A Bruise

3:11

B2

Last Night

2:55

B3

Right For Sky

3:59

B4

The Truest Stars We Know

2:52

B5

Our Light Miles

3:11

SKU 098787117011
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number SP1170
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 25 August 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 25 August 2017
Barcode # 098787117011
Shipping Weight 0.3450kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Country Rock
Format VINYL LP

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