Hard as it may be to believe, Calexico and Iron & Wine have been collectively putting out albums for almost half a century. They are among the singular artists in Americana, conjuring at once the deserts of the southwest and the lushness of the south.
Together, Calexico, from Tuscon, AZ, and Iron & Wine, from Durham, NC, meld two very different styles seamlessly. Their new album, Years to Burn, is currently The Colorado Sound Album Of The Week. On the outing, the artists forge ahead with new sounds and subject matter, reflecting on time and relationships, above all.
The album follows their 2005 collaboration In The Reins, which was met with widespread acclaim and saw them tour together. The maturity of Years to Burn picks up where Reins left off; pairing the intimate Beam with the fullness of a band like Calexico. Nearly 15 years later, Beam says, “coming back to the project has to do with acknowledging how much impact the first record had for me in my life.”
Years to Burn is out on Sub Pop now. Calexico and Iron & Wine are performing at Denver Botanic Gardens, August 19. The show is sold out.