Sam Beam, the Austin-based musician who writes songs and performs with an evolving lineup of musicians as Iron and Wine, describes his past two albums, “Kiss Each Other Clean” (2011) and “The Shepherd’s Dog” (2007), as “fairly angry records,” filled with narrative tension.
In contrast, when he speaks about his latest, “Ghost on Ghost,” which is out Tuesday, he uses words such as “gentle,” “relaxed” and “stoic.” The opening moments of the opening track, “Caught In the Briars,” could be a nod to that transformation, a chaotic mess of percussion in the background is halted with a cymbal; a beat later, a pleasing acoustic guitar enters, followed by soothing horns and Beam’s not-quite-a-whisper of a voice.
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