Tucson, Arizona’s venerable rock band Calexico announced today the release of their newest album ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’, out January 26th via Anti- Records. Their ninth studio album is the followup to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Edge of Sun‘. Working with their longtime engineer Craig Schumacher, Calexico co-produced ‘The Thread That Keeps Us‘, gathering musicians from across the globe to dream up an earthy yet expansive sound spiked with jagged guitar tones and flashes of distortion.
The album mostly came to life in a house studio near the Northern California coast. Known as the Panoramic House but nicknamed “Phantom Ship” by Calexico vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino, the sprawling Stinson Beach home was built partly from shipyard-salvaged timber and cobblestones unearthed from the streets of San Francisco.
The drama of that landscape directly influenced the lead single and opening track to The Thread That Keeps Us. Driven by sing-song melody and galloping rhythms, “End of the World With You” finds an unlikely romanticism in volatile times. With its lyrics illuminating “love in the age of the extremes,” the track feels equally joyful and grim: the perfect intro to an album that endlessly explores the contrast between bright and dark, hope and fear.