Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean
this is sam beam’s 1st iron & wine album for the legendary 4ad label & one that finds him edging ever further away from the folk-tinged lo-fi nature of his 1st recordings on his 2002 debut. beautifully recorded, with help from a cast of musicians drawing from bands like califone, chicago underground duo & antibalas, it’s a fuller, more upbeat record than anything beam has captured before, filled out with warm californian harmonies & even boasting a subtle funk feel in places. opener ‘walking far from home’ is a sumptuous affair, with beam’s vocal harmonies building up into a beautiful conclusion, on ‘bird burned hand’ beam has a strut in his step as ebullient brass & funky keyboard squelches carry the song along, while on ‘half moon’ he utilizes softly spun african rhythms & vocal melodies to create something wonderful. “a surprising & majestic triumph” 9/10 – nme, “it suggests a brilliant & unpredictable future from an artist who, unbelievably, appears to be only just getting started” 8/10 – drowned in sound.