Shirt: Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Brand: Gilden Ultra Cotton
Source: Once upon a time i was really obsessed with Sam Beam and his Iron And Wine project. it was so good, so minimally perfect, his voice was golden and really could reduce anyones anxiety down a few notches. He really could do no wrong. then like a lot of musicians either got bored or got weirder influences and started adding a lot of things to his music. he left Sub Pop (i feel like aside from Nirvana, Soundgardedn and maybe one or two others its never really worked out for any band) and signed to Warner Brothers. there you get more money, you can have bigger production, more studio musicians, more time to write and over think. and it just lost the warmth that the Sub Pop albums had. Some how Sub Pop always seems to get bands as they are peaking then they get sold away and go downhill from there. Case in point Band Of Horses and the Shins. both had epic success and great albums on Sub Pop then after signing to a major the magus seemed to have disappeared. bands also falling apart could have led to that demise as well. both bands had major line up changes as well.
I guess my point being is that maybe there is something to be said for a small budget short timelines. it forces you to make the best of your circumstances. i mean many of my favorite Minutemen and Husker Du albums were recorded in 3-4 Days with little money you know. it really captures what that band is like at that particular time. its honest in a lot of ways.
Maybe Iron and Wine isn’t the same band anymore, you know? people get married , have kids, get money, people die, perspectives change. so maybe you just have to enjoy things more in the moment. who knows. what i do know is that “Our Endless Numbered Days” if an epic record. I’m really happy that it was captured and put out to go in to the history books.