"Archive Series Volume No. 1" is the first in a series- Sam Beam will be gathering otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, live sets, and curiosities from his entire career as Iron And Wine and releasing them on his own label- Black Cricket Recordings Co. The songs on "Volume No. 1" came to life at the same times as those selected for Iron And Wine's debut album, "The Creek Drank The Cradle" (Sub Pop, 2002). Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette, some of this material has been widely bootlegged, but has never had a wide-spread or proper release.