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New Iron and Wine Album Released Today

24th January 2011
New Iron and Wine Album Released Today

"A surprising and majestic triumph." - NME (9/10)
"Sam Beam has taken a bold leap forward on Kiss Each Other Clean." - The Times (4/5)
"As much funk and pop as it is folk, and excellent." - Uncut (4/5 - Album of the Month)
"Like Fleetwood Mac in their pomp... As ever, a real treat for your ears." - Q (4/5)
"There is no inclination that doesn't come locked to its contradictory impulse, but between these poles, most things are possible." - The Independent (Album of the Week - 5/5)
"It's as beautiful, tragic or, well, American as anything Beam has made thus far. Wonderful." - The Fly (4/5)
"Suggests a brilliant and unpredictable future from an artist who, unbelievably, appears to be only just getting started." - Drowned In Sound (8/10)

Today Iron & Wine release their first album for 4AD, Kiss Each Other Clean, on CD, LP and download.

Returning from a three year recording hiatus, Kiss Each Other Clean proves Iron & Wine's time away from the spotlight was well spent and represents the next logical step for the band. While it's true that the album would have been completed sooner had Sam's hectic family life in Texas not got in the way, Kiss Each Other Clean benefits from the patience and attention to detail afforded by a long gestation period. When possible, recording sessions were taking place over the course of 2010 in Chicago with Brian Deck at the helm, as well as a number of familiar names who pop up to contribute musically.

Not one to rest on laurels, Kiss Each Other Clean continues from where previous album The Shepherd’s Dog left off. The trademark hushed vocals and plaintive acoustic guitar of Sam Beam remain, this time complimented by multi-layered productions and a greater rhythmical sophistication. This progression is in part attributable to his new backing band, now expanded to an impressive seven members. Despite this swell in personnel, the songs retain the ornate elegance long associated with Iron & Wine, but are stretched in new directions. At once both funky and downhome, Kiss Each Other Clean hints at a variety of AM radio influences and a keen poetic sensibility. Ultimately though, it serves to underline the unique songwriting talent of Sam Beam and his continued development as an artist.

Iron & Wine embark on an extensive worldwide tour in support of Kiss Each Other Clean, beginning in LA on 25th Jan. A full list of dates are featured below. Further details and tickets links for all shows on available on the band's website here.

Tour Dates
25th Jan - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles
26th Jan - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles
29th Jan - Radio City Music Hall, New York
2nd Feb - Debaser Medis, Stockholm
3rd Feb - Rockefeller, Oslo
4th Feb - Tradgarn, Gothenburg
5th Feb - Voxhall, Aarhus
6th Feb - Vega, Copenhagen
7th Feb - Fabrik, Hamburg
8th Feb - Berghain, Berlin
9th Feb - Gloria Theatre, Koeln
10th Feb - WuK, Vienna
11th Feb - Freiheiz, Munich
12th Feb - Locomotiv Club, Bologna
13th Feb - El Lokal (Theatersaal), Zurich
14th Feb - Frankfurt Mousonturm, Frankfurt
15th Feb - Paradiso, Amsterdam
16th Feb - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
17th Feb - L'Alhambra, Paris
8th Mar - The Roundhouse, London
9th Mar - Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton
10th Mar - Town Hall, Middlesborough
11th Mar - HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
12th Mar - Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool
14th Mar - Olympia, Dublin
15th Mar - Manchester Academy 2
16th Mar - The Sage, Gateshead
17th Mar - Leeds Metropolitan Uni

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