Location: The University of Regina
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Show starts at 8:00 PM
Advance tickets - $30.00
Tickets at the door - $35.00
Iron and Wine's music has been synonymous throughout his career with the meticulous and gorgeous craftsmanship of yearning, tapping a current of simplicity, wistfulness and nostalgia, a paean for simple, unmediated experience standing in stark contrast to the frenetic, data-drenched life of the 21st century. Sam Beam has attracted a devoted following among his fans by continuing to develop new approaches to his signature commitments. His latest album, Ghost on Ghost, represents another step in that evolution, what uncut.co.uk calls a "work of immense beauty and scale..." The album uses layered textures and sonic collage as a backdrop to Beam's mellow vocals and idiosyncratic style. It also brings in entirely new elements: if you never thought you'd hear synthesizers, free jazz and R&B, multi-part vocal arrangements and horn sections on an Iron & Wine record, then there are surprises in store for you. But these elements are a growth of his sound, not a transmutation of it. All the things that have made Iron & Wine what it is over the past decade are still there, and thank goodness for that.
Supporting Iron & Wine will be Widowspeak. Widowspeak is an American band comprised of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, known for its dreamy, western-tinged take on rock and roll. Their self-titled debut was praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton's haunting voice, and Thomas's sinister Morricone-esque guitar lines. On their second album, Almanac, the duo explores denser arrangements and new sonic territory, from Saharan rhythms to Appalachian-inspired melodies, all delivered with stoic, wistful restraint. Named after those annual tomes which provide agricultural advice, chart weather patterns and astronomical phenomena, Almanac likewise tracks the life and death of seasons, youth, love, and the cyclical nature of all things.