On the heels of Sufjan Stevens returning to his whispery folk roots, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine is also giving fans a glance back into the past with the release of Archive Series Volume No. 1. Billed as a companion album to Beam’s 2002 debut The Creek Drank The Cradle, the singer told Billboard that the elapsed time makes the songs more interesting to him:
I wasn’t hiding them, I’m usually more interested in what’s coming next than what I did yesterday. Over the years some of them have gotten out of the Internet and people have showed interest. And putting out another record like that now, it seems like there’s been enough time so that it sounds significantly different than what I’ve been doing these past few years. It feels more like a time capsule or a diary entry. The distance makes it more fun.
Beam also said that the archive series will be an ongoing thing, though he’s uncertain about frequency and consistency. In advance of the record’s release next week, the entire thing is streaming below.
In conjunction with the archive series, Beam worked with Picture Show to create the short film Dreamers And Makers Are My Favorite People. It features footage of Sam playing some of the songs off Archive live for the first time at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in Cleveland, West Virginia. Watch the trailer below.
Archive Series Volume No. 1 is out 2/24 via Beam’s own Black Cricket Recordings.