Iron & Wine will be the topic of a new documentary and concert film titled Who Can See Forever. Josh Sliffe directed the movie portion, featuring a 19-song live performance from the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, N.C., capturing various songs from the musician known as Sam Beam’s 20-plus year career. The film soundtrack is due out on Nov. 17 via Sub Pop, and the movie will be a part of a theatrical release in select cities in the fall and winter prior to dropping on streaming platforms.
Who Can See Forever will present new versions of beloved parts of the Iron & Wine catalog, including “The Trapeze Swinger,” “Boy With a Coin,” and “Naked As We Came.” The live record was tracked by Beam’s longtime sound engineer, Jelle Kuiper, and mixed by Matt Ross-Sprang at Southern Grooves in Memphis, Tenn., before being sent off and mastered in another music mecca, Nashville, Tenn., with the help of Richard Dodd.
According to an announcement shared across the artist’s social media, they described the objective of the release as “Initially intended as a live concert film, the film evolved into a visual portrait capturing Beam during a creative outburst that earned him four Grammy nominations in four years. Like his music, the film touches on universally personal themes as Beam tackles managing his personal and professional life as an artist. Taken as one, the soundtrack and film are a fascinating first-time glimpse behind the scenes of Iron & Wine.”
Apart from frontman Beam, Iron & Wine’s Who Can See Forever lineup comprises the musical stylings of bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple, Soul Coughing), drummer Beth Goodfellow (Allison Russell, Better Oblivion Community Center), cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker and keyboardist Eliza Hardy-Jones (War on Drugs, Grace Potter).
As a preview of what’s to come, watch a clip of Iron & Wine’s live take on “Thomas Country Law” below.
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