Iron & Wine

Lately, I find myself listening more and more to Iron & Wine. It started when I went to the show at Richard’s, before which time I’d only heard a couple of tracks. The show, which I enjoyed, made me go and find some more. And then slowly, like a slow tide rising, he won me over.

You know those commercials for, oh, I don’t know, Riesen, wherein the person takes a bite and suddenly everything that is going on around them just disapears, and they’re taken to their happy place, where everything is calm and lovely? I find listening to Iron & Wine has much the same effect. The gentle, liltingly rusty voice and soft, twangy guitar evoke images of sitting round the fire at camp, listening to your friends sing a simple song, or perhaps leaning back on the porch, looking out over the fields, with an old, favourite & warped LP warbling away on the record player inside, the strands of music wafting gently through the open window.

Have a listen to the cover of The Postal Service‘s “Such Great Heights” to get an idea of how they sound.

12 Replies to “Iron & Wine”

  1. unfortunately most of their recordings sound like they were taken from a warped and old LP… the music evokes phenominal emotions though, mostly with the way he weaves the mood so well into what he’s playing and singing. even if it’s just one note – if he’s sad, that one note sounds really fucking sad. i hope i was the one who told you to go to their show 😉

    also, speaking of evoking moods: trail of dead played again last night. and once again destroyed everything they could on stage. i felt like smashing stuff after the show (possible headlights on bmws!), but instead i went home and went to bed.

    wow, i can be quite lengthy now that i don’t have a blog of my own.

  2. unfortunately most of their recordings sound like they were taken from a warped and old LP… the music evokes phenominal emotions though, mostly with the way he weaves the mood so well into what he’s playing and singing. even if it’s just one note – if he’s sad, that one note sounds really fucking sad. i hope i was the one who told you to go to their show 😉

    also, speaking of evoking moods: trail of dead played again last night. and once again destroyed everything they could on stage. i felt like smashing stuff after the show (possible headlights on bmws!), but instead i went home and went to bed.

    wow, i can be quite lengthy now that i don’t have a blog of my own.

  3. unfortunately most of their recordings sound like they were taken from a warped and old LP… the music evokes phenominal emotions though, mostly with the way he weaves the mood so well into what he’s playing and singing. even if it’s just one note – if he’s sad, that one note sounds really fucking sad. i hope i was the one who told you to go to their show 😉

    also, speaking of evoking moods: trail of dead played again last night. and once again destroyed everything they could on stage. i felt like smashing stuff after the show (possible headlights on bmws!), but instead i went home and went to bed.

    wow, i can be quite lengthy now that i don’t have a blog of my own.

  4. No, see, Riesen is the metaphor. Pretend there’s no such thing. It’s shitty candy anyhoo , and in your case, will probably kill you. Listen to Iron & Wine instead. It’s much better for your health, all round.

  5. No, see, Riesen is the metaphor. Pretend there’s no such thing. It’s shitty candy anyhoo , and in your case, will probably kill you. Listen to Iron & Wine instead. It’s much better for your health, all round.

  6. No, see, Riesen is the metaphor. Pretend there’s no such thing. It’s shitty candy anyhoo , and in your case, will probably kill you. Listen to Iron & Wine instead. It’s much better for your health, all round.

  7. i don’t know. iron & wine was just a bit too pansy for me: as the show progressed, i felt a rising urge to scream “fucking christ, toughen up buddy!”

    but he never did, and neither did his sister (i think it was his sister). i wanted even just a flash of anger, but i got none. hell, even belle & sebastien rock out once in awhile.

  8. i don’t know. iron & wine was just a bit too pansy for me: as the show progressed, i felt a rising urge to scream “fucking christ, toughen up buddy!”

    but he never did, and neither did his sister (i think it was his sister). i wanted even just a flash of anger, but i got none. hell, even belle & sebastien rock out once in awhile.

  9. i don’t know. iron & wine was just a bit too pansy for me: as the show progressed, i felt a rising urge to scream “fucking christ, toughen up buddy!”

    but he never did, and neither did his sister (i think it was his sister). i wanted even just a flash of anger, but i got none. hell, even belle & sebastien rock out once in awhile.

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