Following the buzzing reception to ‘Para’ last month, CALEXICO have unveiled a second new track from their forthcoming sixth studio album ‘Algiers’, entitled ‘Splitter’.
Set for release on September 10th, the album ‘Algiers’ will be released on City Slang in Europe and Anti in the US and is accompanied by a one off show atLondon’s HMV Forum on September 18th.
Recorded in New Orleans, Joey Burns’ and John Convertino’s sixth album is arguably the most exciting and accessible CALEXICO record to date. It’s a fact emphasised by the band’s decision to name the album in tribute to the neighbourhood where they worked: Algiers.
The feel of Algiers is recognisably classic CALEXICO, but their style has been revitalised and reborn through the experience of recording in the magical city of New Orleans. Their work has spoken of dusty deserts and the loners that inhabit them, mixing America’s country music heritage with that of a Latin persuasion. In other words, it isn’t obviously affiliated with the sounds that have made New Orleans one of the premiere tourist destinations in the US. The choice of New Orleans was largely down to long time collaborator/producer Craig Schumacher. “We were talking about wanting to go to Europe and record,” Burns says, “but we never get our stuff together in time to make plans that far in advance. So where do you go that is nearby and has a European feel? New Orleans.”
You might think that after the 22 years since they first met, six studio albums and a suitcase of tour CDs, collaborations with the likes of Victoria Williams, Iron & Wine, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn and Nancy Sinatra, and soundtrack work to boot, there wasn’t much more they could achieve. But you’d be wrong. New Orleans clearly inspired them to make an album that sees them stretch out more effortlessly than ever before.
CALEXICO will be embarking on an extensive European tour this Autumnsupported by Laura Gibson & Band, performing in London at the below date: Tuesday 18 September – LONDON – Forum (£20)
ALGIERS will be available on CD, limited 2CD Digipack, 180g vinyl LP in a heavy, embossed, tip-on cover and of course digitally.
ALGIERS tracklisting: 01. Epic 02. Splitter 03. Sinner in the Sea 04. Fortune Teller 05. Para 06. Algiers 07. Maybe On Monday 08. Puerto 09. Better and Better 10. No Te Vayas 11. Hush 12. The Vanishing Mind