Long-running indie-folk outfit Iron & Wine have announced a sixth studio album, Beast Epic, and shared a peaceful first single, “Call It Dreaming.” The song’s new video features Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam traversing country roads in the back of a driverless pickup truck, picking up various saints and ramblers along the way. Beast Epic arrives August 25 from Sub Pop.
In the past two years, Beam released Love Letter for Fire, an album of duets with singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, and Sing into My Mouth, a covers album with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell. The most recent Iron & Wine studio album was 2013’s Ghost on Ghost.
Watch the “Call It Dreaming” video below, and scroll down for Beast Epic‘s track list and charming embroidered cover art. Beam also wrote a statement about the album’s creation, in which he defines its title: “Beast epic. n. A long, usually allegorical verse narrative in which the characters are animals with human feelings and motives.” Find the full artist’s statement here.