Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Release of the Week: Calexico - Carried to Dust (2008)
Calexico - Carried to Dust (2008)
My pick this week could be considered bias, as Calexico is a localish group, hailing from Tucson. However, if you listen to his CD you'll agree that it deserves this spot, though there are some great releases this week.
The first time I listened to this album in its entirety was in a traffic jam an hour outside of Payson on my way to Snowflake... I always feel like I need to mention the places and circumstances involved in the moments that cause me to review or mention a record. I do this because music is tied so much with my life that sometimes it is hard to separate the two... or find the steady balance between the emotion that is born from music and the emotion that is born from life, maybe they are one and the same.
The slightly graded mountains going into Payson from Phoenix were especially green from weather. It was early in the evening and the sun was dipping into the horizon. I rolled down my window; at that altitude I could feel the cool air. This is Arizona to me, 70 degrees, sunset and classical Americana/Mexican music. People in the east down understand songs about dust and cactus like we don't understand songs about the woods and trees. It is how it should be. And though I've grown up on this music, it's still beautiful to me... just like the land it fills.