Imagine a captivating slow-motion video, where a sun-kissed model guides the videographer by the hand, hair bouncing, strolling along the coast of some tropical island, the hand clasp in the forefront of the shot. The camera cuts cleanly to them walking in a similar way through cloudy Irish fields, enveloped in a warm scarf and coat.
This cinematic metaphor seemed the perfect way to describe the feeling of Iron & Wine and Calexico’s opening set for Andrew Bird at the Rockland Trust Pavilion. Otherwise known as Sam Beam, he has released music under the name Iron & Wine for the past decade. With seven albums and multiple singles and EPs under his belt, he has the wonderful gift of telling stories in an intimate indie folk way. As the gentle sounds of acoustic guitar swept the venue, we sat outdoors, letting the cozy vibes embrace us. The orange September sun set over the ocean to our left.
Iron & Wine captivated my attention when I was recommended his song ‘Naked as we came’ two years ago. Ever since I’ve been a fan of his masterful lyrics. They’re the perfect flow of consciousness storylines, bundled up in metaphors and sleepy melodies. Accompanied by simple harmonies and comforting strumming, his music evokes the softness that accompanies a hug. He shared the stage with long time collaborator Calexico - with whom he released the album Years To Burn earlier this year.
This large arena sized audience could well have been Iron & Wine’s living room. The peaceful tempo of the music seemed to bring unquestionable warmth into the space. The smooth build and releases, whether within the song, or throughout the set’s additions of organ or the rest of his band, were all well paced. The half filled glass of wine silently perched upon his stool said more about the atmosphere than any of my words can!
Overall, Iron & Wine and Calexico captured my nostalgic longings for a cozy night in and shared that perfectly, completely unfazed by an almost full 5,200 person audience.
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