You’ve GOT to Hear This: “Boy with a Coin”

Boy with a Coin by Iron & Wine

While preparing for a long drive up north this weekend, the most essential ‘can not forget to pack’ item was my music.  Knowing I would have quite the distance to travel, I made playlists to suit the rural voyage through the countryside,  the hours of sitting by the water, and the potentially tiresome 6 hour drive ahead.  A band that made its way across all my playlists succeed in producing music that is moving, relaxing, dreamy and adventure-ready all at the same time, and have tunes to suit many occasions.

Iron & Wine have been one of my favourite bands for years, likely because their music is so versatile; it can be calming, exciting and rousing all at the same time.  When in the car passing the trees, mountains and birds, a song I looped on repeat was Boy with a Coin off their 2007 album The Shepherd’s Dog.  Although this song is not one of their most recent, it still stands as one of their best. Layering jazzy-folk with alternative rock, Boy with a Coin is the perfect driving song.  Starting with a captivating melody, the catchy guitar pulls you along, perfect if you’re looking to doze off into undiscovered land.  Once the vocals kick, then your exterior surrounding become irrelevant, as it is far too easy to get transported.  The combination of subtle but beautiful harmony blended with unique-sounding guitar is sure to please.  Looking to close your eyes and drift off? Then you’ve GOT to hear this.

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Nadia Kaakati

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