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Iron & Wine's Sam Beam is planning to hit the studio in early 2006 to begin recording his third Sub Pop album. The artist tells Billboard.com he is hoping to release the new set later in the year.
"Honestly, there's kind of a backlog of material," Beam says. "When the first record came out, those were significantly older songs. The next record was pretty much already written by the time the first one came out. It's kind of the same way now. The songs are pretty much written, but now it's just a matter of finding time to record them."
Iron & Wine broke through with the 2004 release "Our Endless Numbered Days," which has sold more than 115,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, Beam has recorded a collaborate EP with fellow indie rock act Calexico, "In the Reins," which is due Sept. 13 via Overcoat Recordings. A joint North American tour will follow.
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