Iron & Wine, "Walking Far from Home"

Okay. Well. The new Iron and Wine single is not at all what I had hoped it would be. Rather than return to the whispery voice and acoustic guitar of his earlier records, Sam Beam opts for a wall-of-synth atmospherics and Beach Boys-y harmonies. (Kind of like Grizzly Bear, I guess?) But, hey, actually, I’m liking it more on the second listen than the first. So, vive le difference! I’ll need to give it more time. And maybe the hushed tones of “Half Moon” and “Mary Anne” will show up on the album, Kiss Each Other Clean, which comes out in a couple months.