“The Thread That Keeps Us” ANTI

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Avail­able now. Over the past two decades, a strong sense of place has shaped the mu­sic of CALEXICO, in­fus­ing their al­bums with a stylis­tic un­pre­dictabil­ity and rich­ness of tex­ture. While 2015’s Edge of the Sun brought the Tucson-bred band to the Mex­ico City bor­ough of Coyoacán, their new full-length The Thread That Keeps Us mostly came to life in a house stu­dio near the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia coast nick­named “The Phan­tom Ship” by CALEXICO vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Joey Burns and drum­mer John Con­vertino. Like “End of the World with You,” much of The Thread That Keeps Us cap­tures the anx­i­eties and un­ease of liv­ing in tu­mul­tuous times. Largely in­spired by his wan­der­ings around North­ern Cal­i­for­nia dur­ing the al­bum’s pro­duc­tion, the nar­ra­tives em­bed­ded in The Thread That Keeps Us re­flect on dis­place­ment, tran­si­tory ex­is­tence, and—in Burns’s words—“re­turn­ing to your home af­ter be­ing gone for some time and see­ing how things have changed, and maybe not in the best way.”

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