In 2008, Iron & Wine landed some major mainstream exposure as one of the first critically respected artists to lend their talents to the Twilight franchise: “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” from sophomore album The Shepherd’s Dog, appeared on the original Twilight film’s soundtrack.
Now Sam Beam and friends are dipping their feet into the Twilight world again: With the upcoming first half of the two-part Twilight: Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment of the saga, slated for a Nov. 18 release, Iron & Wine’s retooled “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” for its soundtrack. It appears as a slowed-down, sparse rendition, driven by piano and a beautiful orchestral string arrangement. The new version’s official title is “Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version).”
VH1 has posted a new video that accompanies Iron & Wine’s reworked song, which consists of a black-and-white montage of the band recording in the studio. View it below: