Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam will release the first part of an archival series later this month, and today (Feb. 17), he’s made it available for streaming (via Billboard). Take a listen to Archive Series Vol. 1 below:

The album collects 16 songs dating before 2002’s The Creek Drank the Cradle, Beam’s first album under the moniker Iron & Wine. The indie-folk singer-songwriter will put out the compilation on his own label, Black Cricket Recording Co. on Feb. 24.

"I wasn't hiding [the songs], I'm usually more interested in what's coming next than what I did yesterday," Beam said of the album in an interview with Billboard. "Over the years some of them have gotten out of the Internet and people have showed interest. And putting out another record like that now, it seems like there's been enough time so that it sounds significantly different than what I've been doing these past few years. It feels more like a time capsule or a diary entry. The distance makes it more fun."

In conjunction with the Archive Series, Beam performed some of the previously unreleased songs for the first time at a show at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in Hacker Valley, West Virginia. The show has been transformed into a short documentary, Iron & Wine: Dreamers and Makers Are My Favorite People. Watch the trailer below:

Iron & Wine’s last album, Ghost on Ghost, arrived back in 2013. More recently, Beam appeared on the series finale of Parenthood, performing Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” with Rhiannon Giddens.

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