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October 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM
Iron and Wine and its ‘richly textured’ new album at the Paramount
Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, known by the stage and recording name Iron and Wine, released his fifth album, “Ghost on Ghost,” last April on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Fruit Bats, Califone), “Ghost” is a stirring collection of richly textured, jazz-inflected folk-rock songs from a meticulous songwriter who deftly balances the dark and light of human existence.
Beam (as Iron and Wine) released his debut album, “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” in 2002 on Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, receiving the first in a string of accolades from the music press. A tender version of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” was featured the same year on the “Garden State” soundtrack, securing a new audience for the bearded South Carolina native (now a Texas resident).
Iron and Wine is currently on tour with a 12-piece band and guest musician Laura Mvula. The show will feature songs from Beam’s decadelong career, with a focus on “Ghost on Ghost” and such tunes as the ethereal, horn-enhanced “The Desert Babbler” and the lyrically complex “Grace for Saints and Ramblers.” Saxophone and trumpet solos can be expected, and dancing is encouraged.
7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30) Monday, Nov. 4, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. $29.50 (877-784-4849 or tickets.com).
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