Sam Beam has come a long way from the tune “Naked As We Came”. His early recordings were made while he was quietly playing in his home, trying not to wake his sleeping baby. So it makes sense that his sound has naturally evolved and progressed as his life (and recording environment) has drastically changed. This new single sounds MUCH different from the early material, but I dig it! The new album, Ghost On Ghost is out mid April.
There couldn’t have been a better day for this session to be posted (for New Englanders, that is). As the wind blows and the snow whips around outside my window, I close my eyes and listen to this gorgeous session from Sam Beam… which includes 3 songs from the forthcoming album and what do you know, my favorite Iron & Wine song tossed in there too – “Naked As We Came”. Hope it warms you on this frigid, stormy day…
It seems inevitable that artists transform their sound again and again… especially considering the current state of music and technology. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Iron & Wine’s new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, and as I’m hearing the few tracks that have been released, I’m in awe of the transformation of Sam Beam’s sound. With 2007’s, The Shepherd’s Dog, we saw a bit of a shift in the mood and a thickening of sound… and now this new album sounds quite experimental and electronic. I am very excited to hear it from start to finish. Kiss Each Other Clean will be released on January 25th.
Hear’s one track, “Biting Your Tail”:
I get giddy watching this promotional video… how about that artwork??:
I’m very much looking forward to some music that’s coming out in early 2011. As always, Amos Lee sings with an abundance of SOUL on his new single, “Windows are Rolled Down”, and I can’t wait to hear more off his forthcoming album, Mission Bell. Adele is a few years older and she’s still as fierce as ever… the followup to her debut album, 19 comes out in February and it’s fittingly called 21. I might be most excited about the long-awaited studio album from Sam Beam and Iron & Wine titled Kiss Each Other Clean; what I’ve heard of it is amazing! And we’ll have to wait until April for the rest, but the always incredible Paul Simon has given us a taste of his forthcoming album with a single about Christmas that’s not really a Christmas song.
Tonight on mvy, we featured a beautiful live set recorded last summer at Newport Folk Festival 50. As I edited together the performance from Iron & Wine, I remembered how much I love the song, “Naked As We Came”. It’s one of the handful of tunes I forced myself to learn on guitar. Sam Beam created a masterpiece with this song…the melody, the lyrics, the subtle harmonies…and he directed a stellar video for it too: