Calexico & Iron and Wine - Years to Burn Vinyl LP
Calexico & Iron and Wine Years to Burn Vinyl LP
Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. The acclaimed collaboration introduced both acts to wider audiences and broadened Beam's artistic horizons, but it was the shared experience of touring together in the tradition of Bob Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue" that cemented the bond. Their metaphorical roads diverged in the years that followed, but they kept in touch and cross-pollinated where they could. Although they often talked about rekindling their collaboration in the studio and on stage, it wasn't until 2018 that their schedules finally aligned.
Years to Burn can't help but be different from In the Reins. Back then, Calexico entered the studio with a long list of previous collaborations and the knowledge that they loved Sam's voice and his songs, but wondered if his material was so complete and self-contained that it lacked a way in, so hushed and delicate that it might be overwhelmed. For his part, Beam had been intimidated by their virtuosic playing and their deep comfort in an encyclopedic array of styles, but those fears were dispelled quickly.
Calexico was bowled over by Beam's many talents: "The arranging, the writing, his sense of rhythm, the quality of his vocals – and then there's the experimental side of Sam," Joey says. "They were the perfect band at the perfect time for me," Sam adds. "I loved all their different sounds. They're musical anthropologists, not regurgitating but absorbing what they discover." Nearly 15 years on, "coming back to the project has to do with acknowledging how much impact the first record had for me in my life."
Years to Burn was recorded in Nashville with noted producer Matt Ross-Spang over the course of five days at the fabled Sound Emporium. It features contributions from veteran Calexico trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela and Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, along with frequent Beam cohorts Rob Burger (Tin Hat Trio) on piano and Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple) on bass. Years to Burn features 10 new original compositions. While Beam wrote all the songs for In the Reins, this recording features contributions from both Beam and Burns as well as from Convertino and those featured on the record.
Calexico & Iron and Wine Years to Burn Track Listing:
1. What Heaven's Left
2. Midnight Sun
3. Father Mountain
4. Outside El Paso
5. Follow the Water
6. The Bitter Suite (Pájaro / Evil Eye / Tennessee Train)
7. Years to Burn
8. In Your Own Time
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