Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell: Sing Into My Mouth

Indie buds get together for an adventurous album of covers

Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine Credit: Charles Peterson

On this set of far-flung covers, Sam Beam (a.k.a. indie folk act Iron and Wine) and Ben Bridwell of indie rockers Band of Horses tackle everything from Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place" to Spiritualized and early-Nineties Sade. Bridwell renders a perfectly gentle vocal on David Gilmour's "There's No Way Out of Here," cleverly landing closer to the 1976 version by prog-pop footnote Unicorn, and a versatile backing band featuring members of Calexico helps elevate tracks like the soul obscurity "Am I a Good Man?" The album ends up feeling like a mixtape put together by a pair of old friends.