words by tom johnson
While Sam Beam’s sonic rabbit-holing has produced a handful of special moments, such is his craft with plain-stated acoustic that there were many who were craving a return to his more folksy roots. Good news then that Beam returns today with news of brand new Iron & Wine album ‘Beast Epic‘ and the sharing of tender new track “Call It Dreaming” which does indeed hark back to those pre-Shepherd Dog days.
Released on 25th August via Sub Pop, Beam acknowledges this aforementioned about-turn, stating that Beast Epic is a record which “wears both its achievements and its imperfections on its sleeve”, before going on to say: “Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different genres, sonics and songwriting styles and all that travelled distance is evident in the feel and the arrangements here, but the muscles seemed to have relaxed and been allowed to effortlessly do what they do best.”
Apropos such sentiments, Call It Dreaming is a stunning moment of refined songwriting, and four minutes that, like all of Beam’s most endearing compositions, will immediately lift you out of the rush of your own days and deposit you somewhere else entirely. The playing is subtle but rich, exuding a warmth that glows even through the solitude that his songs so pertinently holds within, but it’s that voice which lands the heaviest blow; back to its purring best, it twists the compelling lyrics in to shapes and shadows that feel familiar but new too, like the memory of someone once forgotten suddenly appearing in the place you now call home. Listen below.
where the sun isn’t only sinking fast
every night knows how long its supposed to last
where the time of our lives is all we have
and we get a chance to say before we ease away
for all the love you’ve left behind, you can have mine