- 13 Feb 18
Purple skies, gentle sounds and pure joy - Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, waxes lyrical with us ahead of his Valentine’s Day show in Dublin
Bunkering down against chilly weather in the beautiful Old Town of Prague, Sam Beam is currently more than halfway through his European tour. Due to play The Helix in Dublin on the February 14, his gentle guitar and soft, sweet lyrics make a perfect accompaniment to the Day that's in it. “It’ll be a very romantic evening,” he promises.
“The sky has turned purple. The grass is now flaming orange and red. The trees are all upside down,” he jokes, speaking about his now Republican-dominated state. “But you know, the election wasn’t a huge surprise, where I live has always been a very conservative state. Now I live in Durham, Chapel Hill area - a progressive bubble in a Republican hell. I like to embed myself in enemy territory. I’m like a mole”.
Turning quickly away from politics, Beam tackles some of the themes behind his latest opus. With Beast Epic is now just under six months old, the name and creation process of the album points to the intelligence and love Beam has for his craft - but it was also named such because it sounded “really fucking cool”. Defined as "a long, usually allegorical verse narrative in which the characters are animals with human feelings and motives", Beam recalls that the album came from loosening his musical muscles and “closing your eyes, doing what comes naturally. I’m usually trying to push into unfamiliar territory and I always enjoy that process. I’m usually much more interested in what’s around the corner instead of perfecting something”.