Iron & Wine Unearths Early Home Recordings for 'Archive Series'

Iron & Wine Unearths Early Home Recordings for 'Archive Series'
Songwriter Sam Beam has been releasing music as Iron & Wine for over a decade, and now he's taking some time to reflect on the past with an Archive Series of unreleased recordings. The first instalment in the series will be out on February 24 through his own Black Cricket Recording Co.

The series will span rarities from his entire career. Archive Series Volume No. 1 focuses on his early home recordings, drawing on the same well of material that spawned his 2002 debut The Creek Drank the Cradle. These were recorded on a cassette four-track, and a press release calls them "hushed, yet immediately powerful and vivid."

The 16-song tracklist is below; some of this material has been bootlegged, but this is the first time it's been officially released. For a taste of the sound, scroll down to the bottom of the page to hear the whispered folk ballad "Everyone's Summer of '95."

Also below, watch a trailer for a forthcoming short film called Iron & Wine: Dreamers and Makers Are My Favorite People. It shows Beam performing some of the songs from Archive Series Volume No. 1 for the first time ever at the rural Jerry Run Summer Theater in West Virginia.

Stay tuned for further releases in the Archive Series, which will include "otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, and live sets."

Archive Series Volume No. 1:

1. Slow Black River
2. The Wind Is Low
3. Eden
4. Two Hungry Blackbirds
5. Freckled Girl
6. Judgement
7. Sing Song Bird
8. Beyond the Fence
9. Quarters in a Pocket
10. Loretta
11. Everyone's Summer of '95
12. Minor Piano Keys
13. Your Sly Smile
14. Halfway to Richmond
15. Wade Across the Water
16. Postcard