ALARM’s 50 (+5) Favorite Songs of 2012

Calexico: AlgiersCalexico: “Splitter” from Algiers (Anti-, 9/11/12)

Calexico: “Splitter”

Going on four years without a proper album, Arizona-based Calexico returned in 2012 with swarms of strings, horns, shakers, and brush-stroked drumbeats that set the scene of desert-dry, Southwestern lamentations. The band achieves that and more on “Splitter” with a descending melody that’s simple but beautiful.

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