Some 22 years since they first formed, Calexico have added yet another successful musical adventure to their list in the way of Algiers. The feel of Algiers is recognizably classic Calexico but their style has been revitalized and reborn by the experience of recording in New Orleans. Conscious of the clichés that can sometimes afflict acts working in a city with such a strong identity, band members Joey Burns, John Convertino and producer, Craig Schumacher, chose to avoid the bigger, better known studios in favor of a smaller, more intimate setting. The result of this decision is arguably the most exciting and accessible record Calexico have made. With laid back melodies that produced powerful emotions, and lyrics to boot it is easy to see how Calexico draws comparisons to the likes of Iron & Wine, The National, and Yo La Tengo.
"Echoing the sounds of Twin Cinema-era New Pornographers, the uptempo track swells with renegade guitars and light horns — vocalist Joey Burns doesn’t sound too shabby, either." - Consequence of Sound
"...it’s an flowery, uptempo record fleshed out with horns, guitars and vibrant percussion, all topped off with Joey Burns clear-headed vocalwork." - Stereogum
"Arizona band Calexico have announced their first studio album since 2008's Carried to Dust. Algiers is out September 11 via their new label, Anti- in the U.S., as well as City Slang in Europe. The band has shared "Para", the album's first single." - Pitchfork
RIYL: Devotchka, Beirut, Iron & Wine, The National, Black Heart Procession
TRY: #2, 3, 5
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