Iron & Wine.
Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin
Despite the odd moment, which we all have, I don’t like to think of myself as any kind of music snob. I try not to hate on anything that anyone listens to, and try to keep an open mind about new things and artists when they come along.
One thing I’ve found of late, however — and in fact, I found for much of 2007 — that due to all the music blogs I read on a fairly regular basis, I’m finding out about new music and artists before much of the mainstream media. Granted, I’m learning about them through the resourcefulness of others, but still ahead of the curve all the same, even if I am standing on the shoulders of giants, and well… that makes it a little frustrating at times.
One such artist is Iron & Wine (or more specifically, folk singer/songwriter Sam Beam). Although he’s been releasing music since 2002 and has been featured on notable film soundtracks (like a little film called Garden State), this former professor of cinematography seems to have surprised a lot of people; magazines all over have heralded his latest release, The Shepherd’s Dog, as prolific and uncannily brilliant. Meanwhile, it all seems like such old news to me already…
One last thought: if you enjoy the song above, and are interested in hearing more by Iron & Wine, I recommend using The Hype Machine for your searching needs. And don’t worry, cos Sam Beam is a hero along the Intertubes.
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