Iron and Wine – “Tree By The River”
This song, from Iron and Wine’s latest Kiss Each Other Clean, takes Sam Beam’s signature gentle vocals and places them atop a throwback sound — a little doo-wop and hints of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. By evolving his sound throughout his four records, Beam has created a tradition of experimentation, but based around simple songs, harmonies, and themes of the Gothic South and childhood memory. With this latest offering, the Dripping Springs resident expands on his sound, throwing in bits of Fela Kuti, soul, and seventies Krautrock, all wrapped up in a sound that continues to entertain and surprise. Read Amanda Petrusich’s great article on Beam here.