Iron & Wine will continue its prolific run of releases early next year with the six-song EP “Woman King.” Due Feb. 22 via Sub Pop, the set was recorded in August in Chicago with producer Brian Deck. The EP finds Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam broadening his acoustic-based repertoire with banjo, electric guitar, piano and violin on such tracks as “Jezebel,” “My Lady’s House” and “Gray Stables.”
“Woman King” arrives on the heels of this year’s studio album “Our Endless Numbered Days,” which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 7 on the Top Independent Albums tally. It has sold 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Beam is primed for further mainstream exposure next month, as three of his songs are set for inclusion on the soundtrack to the film “In Good Company.” Due Jan. 11 via Hollywood, the set features the previously unreleased cut “The Trapeze Swinger” as well as the “Numbered Days” tracks “Sunset Soon Forgotten” and “Naked as We Came.”
Sub Pop labelmates the Shins contribute two previously released tracks to the album, which also boasts songs from Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin and Damien Rice, among others. The film, starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson, opens Jan. 14 in U.S. theaters.
Beam has eight upcoming shows on his schedule with Love As Laughter principal Sam Jayne, beginning Monday (Dec. 6) in Solana Beach, Calif.
Here are Iron & Wine’s tour dates:
Dec. 6: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly Up Tavern)
Dec. 7: Los Angeles (Avalon)
Dec. 8: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Dec. 9: San Francisco (Slim’s)
Dec. 10: Eugene, Ore. (W.O.W. Hall)
Dec. 11: Portland, Ore. (Meow Meow)
Dec. 12-13: Seattle (Neumo’s)