Thursday, December 20, 2007

IRON AND WINE - OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS (2004)


LOW-FI SUBTLE ACOUSTIC BEAUTY FROM FLORIDA
ARTIST``````````````IRON & WINE
ALBUM`````````````
`OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS
GENRE``````````````INDIE ROCK/LOW-FI
YEAR````````````````2004
COMPILATION BY VALENTIN

WHY:
I first heard Iron & Wine on their excellent collaboration album with Calexico called "In The Reins" which i also recommend.

I intentionaly selected this album (not the debut one) because talented songwriter Samuel Beam (the guy with the beard) managed to keep his gorgeous, intimate living room sound while shifting from his home studio production to proffesional studio equipment. While some question this change in sound quality, I only see it as a normal reaction to a massive positive response to his music. Some new band members are added and this can be heard in small enriching details such as sampled Native Indian chants and simple percussion beats in the backround. The most important improvement on this album is Samuel's voice - it is recorded so well that sometimes it seems that he is singing right next to you.

Simple and emotional, this album has that tiny, intimate precision that lots of indie lo-fi bands today search for.

SHORT BIOGRAPHY AND ALBUM INFO:

Iron & Wine is the stage name for one Samuel Beam, a Florida native who made his name by releasing lo-fi tapes in Miami. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" that he found in a general store while shooting a film.



On
Our Endless Numbered Days, the follow-up to 2002's stunningly good Creek Drank the Cradle, the sound of Iron & Wine has changed but the song remains the same. No longer does Sam Beam record his intimate songs in the intimate surroundings of his home. Instead he has made the jump to the recording studio. As a result the record is much cleaner, less cocoon-like, certainly more the product of someone who has become a professional musician and not someone who just records for fun on a four-track. However, all Beam has sacrificed is sound quality. The sound of the record is still very intimate and simple, with very subtle arrangements that leave his voice and lyrics as the focal point. Luckily all the technology in the world can't affect Beam's voice, which still sounds like it comes right from his lips into your ear as if he were an angel perched on your shoulder. His songs are still as strong and memorable as they were on Creek, no drop off whatsoever in quality.
Our Endless Numbered Days is very subdued, thoughtful, melodic, and downright beautiful album and the new sound is more of a progression than a sudden shift in values, production or otherwise. Anyone who found the first album to be wonderful will no doubt feel the same about this one. Heck, you might even like it more.


DOWNLOAD IRON & WINE HERE

7 comments:

zappahead said...

Dare I say.....I can hear a hint of simon and garfunkel in most of these tracks....ok...maybe not so commercially speaking which, is a pity as I wish more people listened to him and enjoyed as much as I do....thank you very much for the share.

Panda Stuffer said...

Yeah, I think so too. Definetly influenced:)

ivana m. said...

god i love iron and wine, it makes me want to crawl into bed, sip cocoa and watch the first snow fall.

thanks for the links!!!

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Eric said...

@Panda Stuffer

First of all, many thanks for posting these fine albums. I have a small problem with "Our Endless Numbered Days", though: 7-Zip is asking me for a password, and I have no idea what it might be. Do you happen to know?

Eric said...

I found the password to extract this album: it's "radiodada". Enjoy!

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