CALEXICO - THE BLACK LIGHT (20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
RELEASE DATE: 23th November 2018
An album about crossing physical and metaphorical borders that has never been timelier: Calexico’s classic album “The Black Light“ turns 20 this year. This limited celebratory anniversary edition includes all new artwork by Victor Gastelum, extensive linernotes, and 11 bonus tracks.
What was surprising about The Black Light (and what set its architects apart from their indie rock peers) was the album’s unusual willingness to wade into the rapids of American and Mexican culture, fully immersing itself midstream. From the outset, with ‘Gypsy’s Curse’, the record combines guitar twang and flamenco flourishes; and by its end, almost an hour later, it’s contrived a skillful and instinctive union of smoky bar room jazz, arthouse indie rock, and compelling mariachi brass in ‘Frontera’. If Calexico falls short as a name, it’s only in the fact that - alongside their mining of Mexico’s fertile musical past - Joey Burns and John Convertino weren’t just digging into California’s songbook...they were unearthing America’s too.
- Anniversary-Edition on 180g heavy double vinyl including 11 bonus tracks
- Limited Clear Double LP on 180g heavy vinyl
- New Alternative Artwork by Victor Gastelum
- Gatefold Cover with embossed logo and silver print and 8 page booklet
- Limited to one pressing only
PRESS/ONLINE: Confirmed reviews in MOJO, Uncut and Record Collector.
Long Live Vinyl reviewing in the issue out at the beginning of December.
Louder Than War also reviewing but not in this month’s edition.
OTHER ACTIVITY: http://www.casadecalexico.com/