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A big two-fer of free music in this post.
There’s a free Iron & Wine song, “Broken Promise Ring” as part of an 11-song Sub Pop Sampler on Amazon.com.
If you like what you hear, Iron & Wine is also offering a free download of alternate takes of eight tracks from The Shepherd’s Dog album at its website. And by “free,” I mean no e-mail address required, no signing up for marketing. Just push the button and received the zip file.
So, to review: two key words — “Free” and “Iron & Wine.”
I probably don’t have to explain the first key word, but I’ll wax a little about the second.
I’m probably a little late to the Iron and Wine bandwagon (in fact, the wagon may be back behind the barn with the hay already back in it; that’s how far out of the cool loop I am). However, I like most of the stuff by Sam Beam’s (the man behind the “band”).
If either the band name or artist name aren’t familiar, the music should be. Iron & Wine has had songs on
- the Garden State soundtrack (“Such Great Heights”),
- an M & M’s commercial (same song, and signs of a sellout?),
- the In Good Company soundtrack (“Naked As We Came,” “Sunset Soon Forgotten” and “The Trapeze Singer” [a personal fave]),
- the I’m Not There soundtrack (“Dark Eyes”) and, most recently,
- the Twilight soundtrack (“Flightless Bird, American Mouth”).
That’s not mentioning the eight other discs available. The songs have that lo-fi, ambient sound that makes them perfect for chill-out sessions and mix tapes. The mood of the music — not necessarily the sound — reminds me a bit of Nick Drake, another artist whose name might not be familiar, but whose music is.
Either way, the song is free, the alternate takes are free and both are worth checking out. (You may even want to check out the other 10 songs of the Sub Pop sampler!)