Iron & Wine At College Street Music Hall

Special to The Courant

Sam Beam of Iron & Wine is definitely made for the intimacy of the microphone. Beam makes quiet, earthy acoustic music, sometimes haunted by a sense of looming death. His singing almost seems whispered at times. Along with the Shins, Iron & Wine's music got a considerable boost when it was featured in the soundtrack to the 2004 film "Garden State."

Iron & Wine released "Beast Epic," their sixth full-length studio album, in August of this year. It's a return to the warmth and slowness of the early releases that earned Beam attention. The molasses tempos add to the emotional weight of the music. Beam has said that it's a record about "growing up after you've already grown up." The cycles of nature, the patterns of time, the gentle, sometimes sad, flow of it all is what Beam sings about, what he continues to sing about. Some people might react against the prettiness of this music, but there's a maturity in accepting and cultivating a gentle and simple beauty, perhaps.

Iron & Wine at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven, on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

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