Iron & Wine – Lori

Label: Black Cricket Recording Co.

Release Date: September 16, 2022

From the label:

“Timing they say is everything and as preparations are underway for the fourth – or is it the fifth?
– wave of the pandemic, Iron & Wine is finally ready to share their obligatory covid covers
release in the form of LORI. LORI finds Iron & Wine drawing from the songbook of noted singersongwriter
and multiple Grammy winner Lori McKenna.

Recorded at the famed Sam Phillips Studios (Memphis, TN) with producer Matt Ross-Spang,
Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam takes on four of his favorite McKenna tracks with help from Sima
Cunningham and Macie Stewart, known collectively for their work in the indie-art-pop band
Finom (formerly known as Ohmme.)”

It’s hard to dance at an Iron & Wine concert. It’s better to listen to while you cry at home. This is another one of those albums.

Taking a softer approach including mournful strings, Beam’s take on Like Patsy Would breaks your heart outlining the creative process. The guitar is gentle while the lyrics offer a sense of how difficult the craft can be. That’s How You Know depicts the hard work of healing and serves as a reminder to chart small wins after major disappointment. The background vocals slowly emerge throughout, mimicking a moving train, chugging toward something better. 

Not a GMR artist!

FCC: 2

Listen to: 1 & 3

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