Iron and Wine stopped by 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' last night to perform a song from his new album, 'Ghost on Ghost.' The upbeat 'Grace for Saints and Ramblers' is one of the album's liveliest tracks, and Iron and Wine brainchild Sam Beam led his expanded group through a spirited version.
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The last time we heard from Sam Beam, the mastermind behind ‘00s indie-folk pioneers Iron and Wine, he was making his big pop move. Relatively speaking. He was on a major label and fleshed out his spare, acoustic songs with fuller production and arrangements that recalled ‘70s soft rock spiked with hits of occasional freakout noise. ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ lived up to its labors, debuting at No. 2.
Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has been a busy man as of late. With his forthcoming fifth full-length album, 'Ghost On Ghost,' due in April, Beam recently offered up two songs from the disc: 'Lover's Revolution,' followed by 'Grace for Saints and Ramblers.' Now, Beam's serving up 'Hard Times Come Again No More,' a song he recorded for the new BBC America show 'Copper,' which premieres this summer. Take a listen (via Rolling Stone) below.
Fans awaiting the April 16 arrival of Iron and Wine's new album, ‘Ghost on Ghost,’ have another taste to reward their patience. Sam Beam treated us to a tune titled ‘Lover’s Revolution' last month, when he announced the disc (listen to that one here), and now, he's unleashed another track, this one titled 'Grace for Saints and Ramblers.'
Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has a knack for turning pretty much any song he hears into a tender, touching ballad. Performing solo with just an acoustic guitar, his wistful, whispered vocals and down-tempo delivery has transformed tunes from bands as varied as the Flaming Lips and New Order, and his take on the latter's 'Love Vigilantes' from their 1985 album 'Low-Life' is featured in a new spot from Operation Homefront.
Indie rockers Iron and Wine have issued a cover of Little Feat's 'Trouble' to include as the B-side to 'One More Try,' the George Michael song they previously contributed to indie label Suicide Squeeze's current singles series. The 7" single is titled 'Two Sides of George' -- in honor, of course, of George Michael and Lowell George of the classic rock act Little Feat -- and will be produced in a limited run of 750 via Suicide Squeeze. It drops on June 26, but the record is already sold out.
Locking yourself out of your car isn't so bad when you're swimming with friends and when you have the music of Iron and Wine for comfort. The indie act headed by Sam Beam appears in the latest Chevy Sonic commercial that focuses on a group of night swimming young people who are saved by the MyChevrolet App, which allows users to unlock their car by using a cell phone.