"Everybody's bitchin' there's nothing on the radio"
In April our second favorite man named Beam made indie-America very excited with the news of the first Iron and Wine album since 2004's stunning Our Endless Numbered Days. Although the album, Shephard's Dog, isn't out until September, Beam is feeding us the first single, "Boy With A Coin", as well as two B-sides from Shephard's Dog on an EP July 10th.
On Shephard's Dog, Beam's knack for strirring vocals is intact, as is his omnipotent lyrical imagery. Shephard's Dog contains Iron and Wine's most formal production to date, and sounds less like Beam in his room with an 8-track (something some die-hards prefer). The fresh air on Shephard's Dog comes from the electric guitar. Fans of Iron and Wine's Calexico colab, In The Reins, will be impressed and equally satisfied with tracks like "White Tooth Man", "Wolves", and even the single, "Boy with a Coin". Shephard's Dog will surely attract new fans, with poppy rythmic tunes like "The Devil Never Sleeps", "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car", and "Lovesong of the Buzzard".
Iron and Wine - House by the Sea [from Shephard's Dog]
Iron and Wine - Naked As We Came [from Our Endless Numbered Days]