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Who Can See Forever Soundtrack
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Iron & Wine
Sub Pop Records
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Release Date
November 17, 2023

The live record was once considered a staple of an artist’s discography. A document capturing a moment in time or perhaps reinventing older material as it was being given new life or perhaps showcasing a band at the height of their prowess, it was a standard release in every band’s catalog. Recently, the internet has made bootlegging almost non-existent as bands specialize in offering board-quality downloads that can be equally as important as a band’s official releases. The live experience has always been the going-to-church portion of our communal experience, and the live record should capture that spirit and energy. With those goals in mind, Iron & Wine offer their first official live record with the career-spanning set Who Can See Forever.

Captured over two evenings at the historic Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, Who Can See Forever finds Iron & Wine in full flight, working their way through a catalog of songs spanning their twenty- plus-year career. The recordings happened deep into a three-year period by a band of assassins assembled by mainstay Sam Beam that included 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). It was a creative period for Beam that rendered two albums (Beast Epic and Weed Garden) and garnered four Grammy nominations.

While having performed many shows solo acoustic and known mostly as a singer-songwriter to those in the know, Beam has over the years assembled some of the most adventurous musicians when putting together his touring bands. From members of Antibalas to Califone, Chicago Underground Duo to Tin Hat Trio, Isotope 217 to Calexico, Beam has rarely sought the comfort of straight interpretation. Taking as much inspiration from Little Feat or The Talking Heads as he might from Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen, the musicians are cast in roles like actors with the hope they bring something new and different night in and night out.

Who Can See Forever offers a fresh listen to many of Iron & Wine’s most well-loved songs, including “The Trapeze Swinger,” “Boy With a Coin,” and “Naked As We Came,” while also showcasing more recent classics like “Thomas County Law” and “Monkeys Uptown” to name but a few of the albums nineteen tracks.

Initially intended as a live concert film, Who Can See Forever was shot over three years by director Josh Sliffe. Using the traditional concert film as its jumping-off point, Who Can See Forever digs into its subject matter through a series of interviews, moments in between, and unguarded behind-the-scenes footage to put the viewer at the center of the Iron & Wine universe. Part concert film, part music documentary, and part meditative examination, both Who Can See Forever and its accompanying soundtrack are the perfect companion piece for existing fans and a welcome entry point for new ones.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 The Trapeze Swinger (Live) 7:17 Buy

    The Trapeze Swinger (Live)

  2. 2 Boy With a Coin (Live) 3:10 Buy

    Boy With a Coin (Live)

  3. 3 Woman King (Live) 4:06 Buy

    Woman King (Live)

  4. 4 Thomas County Law (Live) 3:10 Buy

    Thomas County Law (Live)

  5. 5 House by the Sea (Live) 5:26 Buy

    House by the Sea (Live)

  6. 6 About a Bruise (Live) 3:15 Buy

    About a Bruise (Live)

  7. 7 Sodom, South Georgia (Live) 4:46 Buy

    Sodom, South Georgia (Live)

  8. 8 Last Night (Live) 3:01 Buy

    Last Night (Live)

  9. 9 Monkeys Uptown (Live) 5:15 Buy

    Monkeys Uptown (Live)

  10. 10 Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog) (Live) 3:53 Buy

    Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog) (Live)

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