"A great songwriter at his most relaxed and direct." Daily Telegraph (5/5)
"A work of immense beauty and scale… A stunner." Uncut (9/10)
"It never feels over-done; rather every flourish feels vital and necessary." Record Collector (4/5)
"A brilliantly written collection and an album of the year." Metro (4/5)
"Beam grows in confidence with each release." The Independent on Sunday (4.5/5)
Ghost on Ghost, the critically-lauded fifth studio album by Iron and Wine's Sam Beam, is released today by 4AD outside of the U.S. (Nonesuch release the record in North America).
His first album to be recorded in New York, this one was produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats. Helping to achieve Beam’s vision was a group of stellar musicians, including Rob Burger of Tin Hat Trio, Steve Bernstein, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, and Briggan Krauss of Sex Mob, jazz drummer Brian Blade, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes of the Jazz Passengers, bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan's band), cellist Marika Hughes, Maxim Moston and Doug Wieselman of Antony and the Johnsons, and Anja Wood.
Listen to the first track from the album, 'Lover's Revolution', below.
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. This week, framed prints of the artwork were mounted in various London-locations. See a gallery of a range of the sites here.
Ghost on Ghost is available on CD, LP and digital download.
11th - BottleRock Festival, Napa
13th - Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh
14th - Beacon Theatre, New York
15th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia
16th - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond
17th - Berklee Performance Center, Boston
18th - State Theatre, Portland
28th - Barbican, London
29th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
30th - The Manchester Opera House, Manchester
31st - Barbican, London SOLD OUT
1st - La Cigale, Paris
2nd - Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht
3rd - Cirque Royal, Brussels
5th - Admiralspalast, Berlin