A great executive said there are good indies and bad indies, good majors, and bad majors. I was proud of the job the WBR team did on the new IRON AND WINE release. Artist direct has a great review of the new album, and a nice compliment to Warner Bros. Nice to see it shows how passionate we are about working hard for our artists!
On paper, it’s a contradiction to align the sanctity of non-corporate rock wit a major label, but WBR is brilliant in its handling of these types of bands. One needn’t look any further than the likes of Built to Spill and The Flaming Lips for examples of indie rock’s royalty who’ve enjoyed long careers untouched by “major label sell out” fingerprints. Given that information and track record, Iron & Wine—the namesake of Sam Beam—have graduated to Warner Bros. with the release of Kiss Each Other Clean.
Some moments on Kiss Each Other Clean are fragile and vulnerable and others are not of this planet and are unpredictable.