Sunday, April 26, 2009

Song of the Week: Iron & Wine

I know it’s not so smart to follow up Iron & Wine soundalike William Fitzsimmons with the real deal, but this song cannot be skipped. First released in 2005 on the no-one-owns-it In Good Company soundtrack, “The Trapeze Swinger” is by far the best thing to come out of that Topher Grace star vehicle. It’s being re-released on Around the Well, Iron & Wine’s upcoming 2-disc compilation album of rare and unreleased tracks. And in its nine-minute, Astral-Weeks-like, “fuck-the-man” glory, it’s simply one of the most stunning songs ever. (But I promise my next Song of the Week will rock a little harder…)

Iron & Wine: The Trapeze Swinger
from the album Around the Well

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