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Iron & Wine will release Ghost On Ghost next Monday through 4AD but you can stream the album in full via NPR’s First Listen feature this week. Ghost follows 2011′s Kiss Each Other Clean with a more fully realized palate of sounds that approach orchestral and a Fleet Foxes meet My Morning Jacket feel. From NPR:
For all its rich, Technicolor brightness, Iron and Wine’s new Ghost on Ghost retains the capacity to burrow knowingly into bleak Wisconsin winters (“Winter Prayers”) with an acute understanding of loneliness and alienation. Even amid cheery oohs and ahhs, “The Desert Babbler” finds Beam warning wearily, “California’s gonna kill you soon.”
Even if his next album finds him at the head of a 100-piece symphony, he’ll still build its arrangements around accessible emotions, with a deceptively soft touch and turns of phrase that cut to the marrow.
XPN welcomes Iron & Wine to Union Transfer on Wednesday, May 15th, with The Secret Sisters; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Sam Beam perform “Naked As We Come” at the SXSW Public Radio Rocks stage presented by WXPN and stream Ghost On Ghost here.
On March 15th in Austin, TX, XPN will will co-present the South by Southwest Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, broadcasting live performances from Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Charles Bradley, Dawes, Divine Fits, Iron & Wine, Pickwick and Vampire Weekend. From XPN’s Bruce Warren:
WXPN has participated in past years on the SXSW Radio Day Stage with some fantastic bands like The Lumineers, Father John Misty and Caitlin Rose. This year, working with my colleagues, we’re taking it to the next level: great radio stations banding together to present great music. And we’re doing it in a way that’s unique for public radio audiences.
XPN has teamed up with NPR affiliates across the country for the day-long event including KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, WFUV in New York and The Current in Minneapolis. The broadcast / webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST on March 15th. More information can be found here. Below, watch a video of The Lumineers performing at last year’s XPN Showcase, filmed by Bands in the Backyard.
With a new album called Ghost on Ghost due out this spring, Iron & Wine is heading out on tour, stopping in Philadelphia on May 15th to perform at Union Transfer. Tickets for the all ages show are on sale this Friday, February 22, at noon. Ghost on Ghost will be Iron & Wine’s first release for notable Americana label Nonesuch Records; the album was produced by Brian Deck, who also worked with Modest Mouse, and it will be available on April 16. Iron & Wine singer and songwriter Sam Beam stopped by KUT in Austin to perform two new acoustic songs from the album. Watch a video of “Caught in the Briars” below, and listen to “The Waves of Galveston” here.