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Calexico Iron And Wine - Years To Burn - col LP -

Price per Unit (stuk): €29.95

Here’s one that’s taken a good, long, while finding its way down the dusty road back to us. In 2005 Calexico and Iron & Wine first got together on In The Reins, a sublime combination of their respective strengths. For his part Sam Beam had been slowly expanding on the lo-fi acoustic whisper of his early Iron & Wine recordings with varied approaches to recording and additional instrumentation. Calexico meanwhile had begun lending their extraordinary facility for blending musical styles and textures to backing other artists. They proved a perfect match, lifting Sam’s songs on subtle wide screen arrangements that still centred his warm, soft voice. They brought out the best in one another. Already a fan of both I absolutely adored In The Reins. That they would, sooner rather than later, make more records together seemed both a sure, and unquestionably good, thing.

Joey Burns and Paul Niehaus turned up on the next Iron & Wine record but apparently everyone had their own roads to wander. Calexico drifted away from me to the point where I can’t even find my beloved copies of The Black Light and Hot Rail, left behind somewhere I don’t recall. As with any artist that keeps tweaking and stretching their sound there comes a time you no longer want to go along with them. For me and Iron & Wine it falls weirdly, and suddenly, between the magnificent ‘Walking Far From Home’ and the rest of Kiss Each Other Clean which left me cold. Nothing he’s done since has reached me, even the covers album with Ben Bridwell which I had high hopes for. Each time this happens I think “he needs to make another record with Calexico”. While I’ve not had much to do with any of them for a few years, when I saw Years To Burn come around the corner it was like running into an old friend. I was excited.

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