I am loving the new Iron & Wine album, The Shepherd’s Dog. I’ve listened to previous I&W stuff, often following “based on the stuff you listen to, you’ll like this too” recommendations. But the previous stuff never grabbed me.
As usual, The Hype Machine provides useful links. There are reviews of the album, including sample MP3 of the new material and comparisons with earlier releases, at Music for kids who can’t read good and at It’s hard to find a friend.
To add my own older and more British comparison, The Shepherd’s Dog rather reminds me of the first couple of Gomez albums. Each song includes multiple musical strands, most of the strands sound familiar, and they are woven together to create something greater than their sum.