Track ListingClick tracks with speaker icon to listen
|1||Caught in the Briars||3:12|
|2||The Desert Babbler||3:27|
|4||Low Light Buddy of Mine||3:30|
|5||Grace for Saints and Ramblers||3:36|
|7||Singers and the Endless Song||3:39|
|8||Sundown (Back in the Briars)||2:18|
|10||New Mexico's No Breeze||4:28|
|12||Baby Center Stage||5:55|
News & Reviews
- Monday, June 3, 2013
While touring the US East Coast last month, Iron and Wine's Sam Beam stopped by the Boston Public Library to discuss his songwriting with WBUR's Off the Record and perform a couple of songs off the new album Ghost on Ghost. Watch the solo, acoustic performances of the album tracks "Caught in the Briars" and "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" and listen to the interview here. The Guardian gave four stars to last week's London show, saying "Beam writes with an artist’s eye, his songs alive with place and time ... [His] easy charm dazzles."
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Iron and Wine recently concluded the first leg of its tour featuring music from the new album Ghost on Ghost, making stops along the US East Coast. While in New York last month, Sam Beam and the band stopped by WFUV, 90.7 FM, to discuss and perform a few songs from the album—"Grace for Saints and Ramblers," "Low Light Buddy of Mine," and "The Desert Babbler"— for Words and Music from Studio A. You can watch those performances here. The European tour starts next week, and the next leg of the North American tour in September is on sale now.
About this Album
Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost in the US on April 16, 2013 (April 15 on 4AD in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim.
Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that “pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens,” while Pitchfork said it “more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s—Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the “anxious tension” of his two previous records. “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says.
Helping achieve Beam’s vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost. For the album’s cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series “Private Views” by noted photographer Barbara Crane.
The first three Iron and Wine albums, released on Sub Pop, were The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002), Our Endless Numbered Days (2004), and The Shepherd’s Dog (2007).
Sam Beam, vocals, guitars
Rob Burger, keyboards, jew's harp (4), hammered dulcimer (4), tubular bells (10)
Tony Garnier, electric & upright basses (1, 2, 4-7, 10, 12)
Tony Scherr, upright bass (3, 8, 9), guitar (3), ukulele bass (4)
Brian Blade, drums & percussion (1-7, 10-12)
Kenny Wollesen, drums & percussion (1, 3, 5, 7-9) bowed vibraphone (9)
Paul Niehaus, pedal steel guitar (2, 7, 9, 12)
Maxim Moston, violin
Hiroko Taguchi, Entcho Todorov, violin, viola
Anja Wood, Marika Hughes, cello
Steven Bernstein, trumpet, cornet, alto horn
Doug Wieselman, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
Curtis Fowlkes, trombone
Briggan Krauss, baritone & alto saxophone
Josette Newsome, Carla Cook, background vocals
Produced by Brian Deck
Arrangements and Musical Direction by Rob Burger
Engineer: Neil Strauch
Assistant Engineer: Don Piper
Mastering Engineer: Richard Dodd
Art Direction & Design: The Heads of State & Sam Beam
Cover Photo by Barbara Crane
All songs written by Sam Beam
All songs published by Sam Beam Music, administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
This album is available from Nonesuch Records for the world outside of Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand