Album review: Iron And Wine

Around The Well

Two years after Iron And Wine unleashed their socio-political beast ‘The Shepherd’s Dog’ comes this reminder of the delicate charm and dexterity of unlikely alt.folk hero Sam Beam. Stripped of the adventurous calypso-fused elements of its predecessor, ‘Around The Well’ dips into the band’s lush back catalogue of lost gems and rarities (‘The Trapeze Swinger’, ‘God Made The Automobile’), taking in a cover or few on the way (The Postal Service’s ‘Such Great Heights’, The Flaming Lips’ ‘Waitin’ For A Superman’, New Order’s ‘Love Vigilantes’). Resplendent with Beam’s raw, whispered tones and snatched memories wrapped in the warmth and emotional calamity Iron And Wine are known for, it’s vintage stuff.

Ash Dosanjh

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