La cancion de la semana 8/12 (Iron & Wine/’Your fake name is good enough for me’)

Publicado: 20 de febrero de 2012 en Canciones de la semana
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Iron & Wine es el nombre artístico del cantautor norteamericano Sam Beam. Nacido en Florida pero arraigado en Carolina del Sur, este autor es capaz de escribir, tocar, grabar y producir sus discos desde su propio estudio casero. Es lo que hizo con su primer álbum ‘The creek drank the cradle’ (2002). Su peculiar sonido de guitarra acústica y banjo junto a otros instrumentos se le hizo comparable a artistas de la talla de Nick Drak, Neil Young o Elliott Smith, entre otros tantos. Su música entra dentro de los parámetros conocidos como country alternativo, folk progresivo o indie folk. Su lírica sureña, su voz melancólica le dan su peculiar acento y característica. En 2003 publicó ‘The sea & the rhythm’, un EP donde agrupó algunas grabaciones caseras dentro de la misma línea de su álbum de debut. Su segundo álbum se tituló ‘Our endless numbered days’ (2004) y fue grabado en un estudio profesional con un significativo incremento en la fidelidad del sonido. La acústica era todavía importante pero al incluir a otros miembros a la banda la dio a su sonido una variedad mucho más evidente.

En febrero de 2005 lanzó otro EP titulado ‘Woman King’. Se vuelve a ampliar el sonido y aparecen las guitarras eléctricas. Cada tema incluía una figura espiritual femenina con un sutil trasfondo bíblico, aunque él sigue declarándose agnóstico. Y también en 2005 apareció ‘In the reins’, una colaboración con el grupo Calexico, procedente de Arizona, aunque Beam escribió todos los temas del álbum pero el sonido Calexico permaneció en el disco. Se introducían metales y un sonido muy novedoso en la carrera de Beam donde seguía predominando la guitarra acústica. En 2007 lanzó el disco de estudio ‘The Shepard’s dog’, que aunque mantiene el sonido de sus anteriores trabajos, sumaba texturas progresivas y atrevidas aunque el predominio acústico era evidente. Sus colaboraciones para otros EPs han sido variados tanto en contenidos como en sonido. También se ha hecho aficionado a la realización de videos musicales. De hecho estudió eso en la Universidad de Florida y tiene un máster específico al respecto. En 2011 sacó su último disco ‘Kiss each other clean’, el sonido sigue mejorándose y aumentando en variedad. Parece que el tiempo le va dando nuevas realidades y nuevas fases de trabajo. Todavía tiene carrera por delante y veremos de lo qué es capaz de hacer. De momento lo disfrutamos tal como es, natural y acústico.

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“YOUR FAKE NAME IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME”

IRON & WINE

Álbum: KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN (2011)

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Fake watches in your broken hand
Barely keeping time
Barefoot in the city and your phone is ringing
Bet you’re watching all the happy kids
Climbing on a car
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
“Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become”Your fake money gave you everything
Left along the road
You’re cursing by the furnace and your phone is ringing
Bet you’re watching all the happy kids
Clapping in the cool
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
“Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become”Your fake name is not for everyone
It’s good enough for me
Forgotten by the garden and your phone is ringing
Bet you’re watching all the happy kids
Kiss each other clean
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
“Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become”Become the rising sun
We will become, become
Become the damage done
We will become, become
Become the river sway
We will become, become
Become the love we made
We will become, become
Become the endless chain
We will become, become
Become forgotten name
We will become, become
Become sinner and the saint
We will become, become
Become bandage and the blade
We will become, become
Become the word and the breath
We will become, become
Become the card in the chest
We will become, become
Become the liked and the loathed
We will become, become
Become the bruise and the blow
We will become, become
Become the fruit and the fall
We will become, become
Become the caress and the claw
We will become, become
Become glory and the guilt
We will become, become
Become the blossom and the wilt
We will become, become
Become both right and wrong
We will become, become
Become the sound and the song
We will become, become
Become tooth and the tongue
We will become, become
Become the target and the gun
We will become, become
Become so cruel and kind
We will become, become
Become the weary and the wild
We will become, become
Become legions and doubt
We will become, become
Become the whisper and the shout
We will become, become
Become the honest and the veiled
We will become, become
Become the hammer and the nail
We will become, become
Become the blessing and the curse
We will become, become
Become their crooked words
We will become, become
Become the blood and the bone
We will become, become
Become an ice cream cone
We will become, become
Become the way and the wall
We will become, become
Become a disco ball
We will become, become
Become both now and then
We will become, become
Become again and again
We will become, become
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