Sam Beam has revealed that his first album for a major label in his Iron & Wine guise will see him leave his folk roots behind for a more radio-friendly, 1970s pop sound.
‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ – which is set for release in January – is Beam’s fourth album, but his first since he left Sub Pop for Warner Bros in the US.
“It sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up,” Beam has told Spin.
The album’s 10 tracks were recorded in Chicago and Beam’s hometown of Austin and produced by Brian Deck.
Clarinet and saxophone on the album comes courtesy of Dave Sitek collaborator Stuart Bogie.
Beam has also experimented with other genres on the record as well as classic AOR. He revealed: “There are straight-up jazz, blues, and African elements.”