By Josh Tyrangiel
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:40 AM EDT
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The Sea & the Rhythm

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  • Music

When a singer whispers evocative nouns over gently picked slide guitar, we are conditioned to presume a certain poetic depth. Truth is, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine is just him) doesn’t appear to have much on his mind beyond aggressive minimalism. But this five-song EP is full of gorgeous, intimate melodies, including ”Jesus the Mexican Boy,” about a kid with a ”holy even temper” who doesn’t mind if you marry his sister in Vegas. Don’t look for meaning. Just enjoy the tale.

The Sea & the Rhythm

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  • Music

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