Oh, Iron and Wine, how we’ve secretly missed you. Yesterday, the band released their new song “Lovers’ Revolution” on Youtube and the release date of their fifth album Ghost on Ghost, due out April 15 or 16.
Though the album title sounds like a name for supernatural porn, the song is much more promising.
Surprisingly, the band steered away from their whispering folk style toward a more jazz groove. Clear vocals, soulful backup singers, saxophones, and jazz drum replace soft spoken lyrics and acoustic guitars.
This cannot be Iron and Wine. And if it is, I’m not mad.
Let’s face it. Before “Lovers’ Revolution,” they were pretty much a one folky trick pony. When we wanted to be existential and gloomy, we turned on some Iron and Wine with a bottle of red wine and tissues by our sides.
This song sends you to a dimly lit basement speakeasy circa 1950 where everyone’s drinking scotch and smoking unfiltered cigarettes.
The groove and strength of the song can only create anticipation for their next album whether or no you’re a long time fan. This is definitely a band that needed an evolution, and now that it’s come, we’re all grateful.