Calexico 'Seasonal Shift': Release date, concept, tracklist and all you need to know about the Tucson indie veterans' first holiday album
Calexico is known for incorporating traditional Latin sounds of mariachi, conjunto, cumbia and Tejano mixed with country, jazz and post-rock
Calexico, known for incorporating traditional Latin sounds of mariachi, conjunto, cumbia, and tejano mixed with country, jazz, and post-rock, are releasing their first holiday album titled 'Seasonal Shift'. Comprising of members Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico's last studio album, 'Years to Burn', was released in 2019 alongside singer/songwriter Iron & Wine.
Calexico has gained a reputation for consistently releasing high-quality records. 'Years to Burn', for instance, was released to widespread critical acclaim. Their 2018 studio album, 'The Thread That Keeps Us', was called by Pitchfork, "The reliable Southwestern indie-rockers’ ninth album is full of impassioned stories about border politics and environmental disasters."
The mariachi-infused Tucson band of indie veterans also consists of Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet and vocals, Martin Wenk on trumpet, guitar, keyboards, accordion, glockenspiel, vibraphone, theremin and vocals, Scott Colberg on standup bass and electric bass and Sergio Mendoza on keyboards, accordion and percussion. Here's all you need to know about the upcoming 'Seasonal Shift'.
'Seasonal Shift' will release worldwide on December 4, 2020.
The band's official Bandcamp page reads, "Calexico’s 'Seasonal Shift' is less of a Christmas album and more of a cross-cultural seasonal celebration. The themes are based around that familiar end of year feeling, of reflection, of ceremony and of recognition of the year gone by and changes it brought for better and for worse. In fact, the opening track “Hear The Bells,” which Calexico’s Joey Burns says is inspired by Dia de Los Muertos and the All Souls Procession. It contains a few cover songs including classics by John Lennon & Yoko Ono and Tom Petty, a few more special guests and a whole load of goodwill. It’s heartfelt but fun, and earnest but celebratory. It features Calexico in an assortment of guises, referencing Portuguese Fado and Old Mexican Folk Songs, from the stripped-back 2 man skeleton to the full party of international collaborators including artists like Bombino, Gaby Moreno, Gisela João, Nick Urata (DeVotchKa) and Camilo Lara."
'Seasonal Shift' consists of the following twelve tracks.
'Hear the Bells'
'Christmas All Over Again'
'Mi Burrito Sabanero'
'Heart of Downtown'
'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'
'Peace of Mind'
'Mi Burrito Sabanero (Reprise)'