This Tucson, Arizona, combo craft subtle rock with a cinematic, distinctly Southwestern bent. The band's primaries -- guitarist-singer Joey Burns and percussionist John Convertino -- first came together in Howe Gelb's long-running underground rock band Giant Sand and have played sidemen to Richard Buckner, Lisa Germano, and others, but they forge their own identity as Calexico, marrying influences such as Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone to the moody rock on their resume. On Feast of Wire, their fourth album, Burns and Convertino continue to flex their stylistic muscles, drifting from the crafted melody of "Not Even Stevie Nicks..." to the dramatic sweep of "Black Heart," replete with a string section and gnarls of guitar feedback, with the cool of a Tecate on a desert night. Burns takes the mike more often than on previous, instrumental-heavy releases, shining in the spotlight on "Quattro (World Drifts In)," but sonic textures remain Calexico's focus. The instrumental "Close Behind" is a real theme from an imaginary western, the horns and strings playing backdrop to acoustic guitar and accordion, while "Attack El Robot! Attack!," another Latin-flavored instrumental, finds Burns and Convertino sounding a little like the Latin Playboys, gluing a guitar lick to a loping rhythm and smearing the results with horns and production tweaks. The same vibe carries through to "Dub Latina," which joins post-rock strains and flamenco-tinged guitar, while on the jazzy "Crumble," the boys take a backseat to their brass section, allowing for horn solos and even a guitar solo from Nick Luca. Throughout Feast of Wire, these southwestern sonic pioneers stake out new ground, guided by an adventurous spirit and a playful ear.
Performance CreditsCalexico Primary Artist
Joey Burns Synthesizer,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Accordion,Cello,Vocals,Melodica,Vibes,Pump Organ,cuatro,Upright Bass,Orchestra Bells,Bowed Banjo
John Convertino Percussion,Piano,Drums
Ed Kay Flute
Craig Schumacher Synthesizer,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Timpani
Paul Niehaus Pedal Steel Guitar
Nick Luca Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Fernando Valencia Violin
Eddie Lopez Button Accordion
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet,Vocals
Martin Wenk Trumpet,Accordion,Bowed Vibes
Volker Zander Upright Bass
Technical CreditsJoey Burns Producer,String Arrangements
John Convertino Producer
Craig Schumacher Producer,Engineer
Victor Gastelum Cover Art
Nick Luca Engineer,String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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This cd "proves" that 75 min of space gives an artist to much possibilitys for it's own good. Extremely uneven with tracks 1, 2, 4 & 8 as the highlights. And even a track with a "film noir"-sound(Crumble). It is hard to see where this band is heading.