Iron & Wine is the stage name for Samuel Beam, a Miami native who made his name with lo-fi recordings in his home area. After Sub Pop label head Jonathan Poneman heard some of that demo-quality material, he decided to release two full-length demos as is. Both were recorded in Beam’s home, and while the sound quality was a bit muted, the music was magical.
Now, Iron & Wine has gone into the studio, and the result is Our Endless Numbered Days. The songs are still intimate and poignant but they’re now much cleaner and easier to listen to. The arrangements are subtle and leave Beam’s voice and lyrics as the focal point.