Iron & Wine Announce Weed Garden EP With “What Hurts Worse”

Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine have announced a new EP, Weed Garden, a six-track companion piece to last year’s album Beast EpicWeed Garden includes “material that was part of the writing phase for Beast Epic, but for various reasons went unfinished,” according to a press release; the title refers to Beam’s decision to go “into the weeds” creatively to bring the songs to fruition. The new EP arrives August 31 from Sub Pop, just about a year after the release of Beast Epic.

Our first taste is opening track “What Hurts Worse,” which blends the foundational Iron & Wine elements (strummed acoustic guitar, old barn piano) with a martial drumbeat and a message of restoration: “Let’s become the lovers we need / Who knew we’d be needing so much?” Rarities collectors will note Weed Garden also includes a studio version of “Waves of Galveston,” a song Beam has performed for several years but never officially released. Iron & Wine are on tour this fall; listen to “What Hurts Worse” and see details of the EP release below.

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