In The Reins by Calexico / Iron and Wine

A decade ago, the indie-sphere’s two favourite purveyors of folk-country-americana, Calexico and Iron & Wine, teamed up for In The Reigns, a half-hour collaborative EP. The harmonies that the singers collectively conjure up are marvelous, and the arrangements sound like a band who’ve known each other for years. Reissue on Overcoat Recordings.

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In The Reins by Calexico / Iron and Wine
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7/10 Penrith Steve 22nd June 2015

“In The Reins” is a decent mini-LP. Sam Beam AKA Iron & Wine wrote all of the songs and Calexico starred as his backing band rather than each act doing a handful of their own songs. “He Lays In The Reins” which opens the album sounds pretty much exactly as you’d expect from these two. “Prison On Route 41” has an early ‘70s Neil Young thing going on, however, whilst the melody is perfectly nice n’all it just doesn’t match up to the great man.

“A History Of Lovers” is the one of the best songs, more up-tempo and melodic than everything else. “Red Dust” and “Burn That Broken Bed” are bluesy, dark and dusty. Sam Beam often ends his own albums with great songs and this is no exception with “Dead Man’s Will” possessing some truly beautiful harmonies and gorgeous melody.


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