Ah, birthdays. There's cake, presents, and, if you're Sam Beam, the planning of your own funeral. Okay, not really. He actually celebrated his 43rd birthday by sharing a brand new song and video (which does feature that whole planning your own funeral thing). Iron & Wine's upcoming album Beast Epic will be released on August 25th, and if "Thomas County Law" is any indication of what we're going to get, it's going to be pure acoustic folk bliss.
The video is a simple, black and white short film that follows Beam as he sets up chairs, cuts fresh flowers, and lights candles for his funeral. He sees himself in a casket, with copper pennies on his eyes and calla lilies laid on top of him. He gives the service, digs the grave all within the company of no one. As he mouths the words to the track during his service, you can feel the emotion radiate through the screen, pulling at your heartstrings.
The track itself is full of everything we love about Iron & Wine, from the atmospheric guitars to the delicate string accompaniment. The lyrics are melancholic and personal, creating imagery with lines like "Every traffic light is red when it tells the truth" and "Nobody looks away when the sun goes down." Beam told NPR about the track, "The song's content has to do with both denying and accepting one's origins."
All together, the track and video pair together beautifully, creating a nostalgic journey of emotions, making us even more excited to see what else Beam crafts together on Beast Epic.
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