Published Oct 21, 2010We already knew that singer-songwriter Sam Beam was prepping a new Iron & Wine album, Kiss Each Other Clean, and that it would be released in early 2011 through Warner/4AD. Now, Beam has opened up about what fans can expect from his latest offering.
Like 2007's The Shepherd's Dog, the album will be a move away from the stripped-down folk stylings of Beam's early work. "It sounds like the music people heard in their parents' car growing up," he told Spin, "that early to mid-'70s FM, radio-friendly music."
Describing the album as "more of a focused pop record" than his past albums, he said, "There are straight-up jazz, blues, and African elements." He also revealed, "There are a lot of live horns and synths, too."
The album will contain ten songs, which were recorded over nine months in Chicago and Austin, TX. Beam once again worked with Brian Deck, who has produced all of his studio-recorded albums.
As for Kiss Each Other Clean's title, he said, "It insinuates that shit is wrong and that we're not clean. But at the same time we're doing something about it." The title comes from a song called "Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me." Other tracks that will appear on the album include "Walking Far from Home," "Me and Lazarus" and Tree by the River."
If you happen to be in the U.S. next month, you can catch Beam touring with his new band. See the dates here.