Josh Tyrangiel
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sea & the Rhythm

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Sub Pop

We gave it a B+

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.

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