Calexico – Carried To Dust

September 13, 2008

The latest album from Tucson based band Calexico, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino, has its foundations in traditional country, and builds on that with folk and Tex/Mex influences, then layers ambient textures over it all to create something unique in contemporary American music. Many of the 15 tracks here seem very cinematic as well, as if ready made for their widescreen interpretations. Though much of the album has a moody, atmospheric and sometimes mysterious aura about it, it’s not without its moments of levity and humor, as on tracks like “Writer’s Minor Holiday.” It also features guest appearances from Sam Beam (Iron and Wine), a past collaborator of theirs, and Pietra Brown. All in all, a uniformly excellent effort from Calexico. Standout cuts: “Two Silver Trees,” “The News About William,” “Man Made Lake” and “Slowness.”