Algiers, which core duo Joey Burns and John Convertino wrote and recorded in a converted church in the outskirts New Orleans neighborhood for which the record is named, is the band's first album in four years and a critical favorite. The album is recognizably classic Calexico with the band’s distinctive style revitalized and reborn by their experience recording in New Orleans. The influence isn't necessarily sonically evident, but there's a strange, powerful connection to the sounds that have always colored their own, influences that founding member Joey Burns has previously identified as including "Portugese fado, 50's jazz, gypsy or romani music and its offshoots, 60's surf and twang from Link Wray to country's Duane Eddy, the spaghetti western epics of Ennio Morricone and dark indie rock singer songwriters."
In addition, Calexico will be playing some other festival dates including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Wakarusa Festival and the Nelsonville Music Festival. The band is also set to headline non festival dates throughout North America. A fan pre-sale begins today at 10am local here and general on-sale is Friday at 10am local.