"It's too early to tag Edge Of The Sun as the band's masterpiece, but song for song, it's the most textured and dimensional Calexico record" -- NPR
"At its best, the music on "Edge of the Sun" is retro, modern and timeless." -- Associated Press
"Calexico sounds best when it does what it's always done: Tell stories, translate the American Southwest into song, and have a damn good time doing it. And these are the best bits of Edge Of The Sun." -- The AV Club
"Recording in Mexico City, they've turned nearly every track here into a collaboration, jumping from Dylan-esque country to cumbia to spaghetti-Western to mariachi to ska, and by the time they've finished, they've managed to write one of the hookiest, most-satisfying albums of their career."
"...the Arizona ensemble has swerved through freewheeling detours into indie rock, Tex-Mex, and Americana, with flourishes of jazz, soul, and country along the way. "Edge of the Sun," the band's new album on Anti-, is no less adventurous, but it feels curated in a way that sets it apart from previous releases." -- Boston Globe
"Building a cohesive album from such eclectic source material is no easy task, but Calexico, drawing on the 25-year partnership between Burns and multi-instrumentalist John Convertino, put on a clinic."
-- Consequence of Sound
Catch Calexico on their North American tour:
5/30 -- Chicago, IL -- Lincoln Hall (SOLD OUT)
5/31 -- Chicago, IL -- Lincoln Hall
6/2 -- Toronto, ON -- The Opera House
6/3 -- Montreal, QC -- Corona Theater
6/4 -- Boston, MA -- The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
6/5 -- Washington, DC -- 9:30 Club
6/6 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Union Transfer
6/7 -- New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom
6/8 -- New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom
7/7 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Regent Theatre
7/9 -- Napa, CA -- City Winery
7/8 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Fillmore
7/10 -- Troutdale, OR -- Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)*
7/11 -- Troutdale, OR -- Edgefield Amphitheater*
7/12 -- Vancouver, BC -- Vogue Theatre
7/14 -- Jacksonville, OR -- Britt Pavilion*
7/15 -- Boise, ID -- Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw*
7/16 -- Redmond, WA -- Marymoore Ampitheater*
7/24 -- Newport, RI -- Newport Folk Festival
*w/ The Decemberists
For the better part of two decades, the acclaimed band Calexico has crossed musical barriers, embracing a multitude of styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. Their new album, Edge of the Sun, takes inspiration from a trip to a place surprisingly unexplored by the band before in Mexico City, and with the benefit of many friends and comrades to help guide the way.
Collaborators on the album include Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Nick Urata (Devotchka), Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, and Neko Case. Burns' brother John Burns lent a hand to some lyrics and songwriting, and the band's keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, John Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher.