Oscillating between haunting desert noirs and buoyant jolts of cumbia, Calexico recently announced their 10th studio album ‘El Mirador’, which is out April 8th via City Slang. Today they are sharing their new single Harness The Wind”, which features backing vocals from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. Calexico will tour across Europe in April and May with a headline London show at O2 Kentish Town Forum on May 14th. 

“When we recorded “Harness the Wind” it felt like we tapped into a spark of bright light and positivity,” said singer and Calexico co-founder Joey Burns. “Everything fell together quickly and naturally. With the shiny electric guitar weaving in and out of John and Sergio’s propelling drums and bass, the song always had a vibe that stood out from the other songs. We sent the tracks to Sam Beam to add his vocals on the chorus which made the tune float even more. It’s a song about hope and sharing compassion to fellow travelers and dreamers who are trying to find their way.” 

Listen to “Harness The Wind” here: https://youtu.be/isk6Piyfom4

Burns and drummer John Convertino have been performing together for over 30 years, sharing a deep love of jazz and usually building songs on a foundation of bass and drums. But all these years later, Calexico is still breaking new ground. ‘El Mirador’ showcases a sunnier side of the band, cutting through two years of pandemic fog with a blast of danceable optimism. Writing and recording alongside Sergio Mendoza (keys, accordion, percussion), the album expands on long running influences of cumbia, mariachi and the plethora of diaspora sounds flourishing throughout the Southwest.

“I’ve been playing with Calexico for about 15 years, and I admire Joey and John’s constant search for new sounds,” reflects Mendoza, who’s newly built home studio became a refuge for the band and reduced pandemic risks while fostering a more organic creative process. “After so many albums,” he adds, “I’m really proud we were able to achieve something so fresh together.”

El Mirador stands both as a lookout point and beacon in the dark; an opportunity to search inwards, ponder our connections to the Earth and its people, and hopefully illuminate a path forward. After decades on the road Calexico’s music remains boundless and romantic, still gazing upon the horizon in search of their next adventure. Pre-order album here

See Calexico live:
23/4 – Linz, Austria – Posthof
24/4 – Munich, ND – Neue Theaterfabrik
26/4 – Roma, Italy – Auditorium Parco della Musica
27/4 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
29/4 – Zurich, Switzerland – Xtra
30/4 – Wien, Austria – Museums Quartier
1/5 – Leipzig, Germany – Felsenkeller
3/5 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
5/5 – Dortmund, Germany – Konzerthaus
6/5 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
7/5 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
8/5 – Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
10/5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/5 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – den Atelier
12/5 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
13/5 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
14/5 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
3/6 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall 
4/6 – Tacoma, WA – Spanish Ballroom at Elks Temple
5/6 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre
6/6 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
8/6 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
9/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
10/6 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
11/6 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
13/6 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
14/6 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
15/6 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
18/6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
19/6 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
22/6 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
23/6 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
25/6 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
26/6 – Laytonville, VA – Kate Wolf Music Festival