First Listen: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

April 6, 2015 3:03 AM

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Drive through it, and the romance of the place might elude you. A closer engagement, on foot, may prove even less enchanting. The feeling of myth and mystery that many have immortalized, from Gram Parsons on down, is not necessarily obvious to the tourist eye. The landscapes that have inspired novelists and painters, as well as bands like Calexico, look fundamentally different to natives and longtime residents. Visitors see dust and wind and sky and strange whippoorwill sounds echoing across lonesome mesas. Natives see an ecosystem with its own codes and ancient philosophies.

The miracle of Calexico: Though the scenery of the American Southwest remains largely unchanged — give or take varying degrees of water panic — the band's sense of it continues to deepen and grow. What began, nine albums ago, as a series of outsider snapshots has evolved into a more studied portrait...

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