Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee Recordings
Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Iron and Wine. A collection of songs recorded three years prior to his official Sub Pop debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002). Tallahassee was recorded over the course of 1998-1999 when Beam and future bandmate EJ Holowicki moved into a house together. Beam had not been performing publicly, however he was
known for playing an original song or two in the early morning glow of a long night. Holowicki would go onto a career as a sound designer at Skywalker Sound, had a mobile recording device and after some prodding convinced his friend to record these late-night meditations. Together they would record close to twenty-four songs, ideas and sketches, with EJ on bass and Sam on vocals, guitar, harmonica and drums.
The recordings – all captured in the house where they lived – have a “live in the room” feel akin to say Neil Young’s Harvest or Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left,rather than the homespun lo-fi 4-track home recording experiment taking place at the time. These recordings, minus one track, have never been made available and were instead left preserved on a hard drive for the last twenty years.
Format / LP, limited "loser edition" coloured pressing
Label / Sub Pop
Cat No / SP1404
Genre / Indie
Release date / 15 May 2021