The debut release in Iron & Wine’s new Archive Series will be out next week (via. Black Cricket Recording Co). This first installment taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron & Wine, when he was making music only to be heard by his family. While some of this material has been widely bootlegged, it has never received a widespread or proper release.
Pulled from tapes found in the back corners of closets and dusty shoeboxes, the 16 songs comprising Archive Series Volume No. 1 were handpicked as the best companion to Iron & Wine’s debut album, The Creek Drank The Cradle (2002). They present a unique glimpse at an artist in his earliest stages and are a perfect reminder of how we all first heard Sam Beam’s voice – hushed, yet immediately powerful.