FOR FANS OF
Calexico, Giant Sand
Doing peyote at a dance party in the desert
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
About halfway through Bloodline, XIXA completely lets loose on “Pressures of Mankind”. A distorted rhythm is quickly joined by a wild Farfisa, giving the song a manic carnival feel. As the listener, you’re taken for a wild ride, bouncing rapidly along the way through the intoxicating desert landscape.
As members of Giant Sand, and occasionally Calexico, Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez have long played music that fits within the desert scenery of Tucson, AZ, but it’s never possessed such a rhythmic charge. Drawing heavy influence from Peru’s brand of psychedelic Cumbia (known as Chicha music), XIXA has carved out a unique sound for themselves.
Throughout the course of Bloodline, the energized latin rhythms and percussion provide vibrancy amongst dry dusty vocals and buzzing guitars. Featuring a guest appearance from Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan, “World Goes Away” provides one of my major highlights of the record, furthering the expanse of XIXA’s sound.
After their excellent four song EP, Shift and Shadow, my expectations were high for Bloodline. For the most part XIXA’s debut LP successfully meets those expectations, although it lacks some of the poppier charm of the EP. As good as Bloodline is, I have to believe the best is yet to come from XIXA as the continue to explore the boundaries and possibilities of their sonic identity.
Pressures of Mankind, World Goes Away, Vampiro
4. World Goes Away
5. Down From The Sky
6. Pressures Of Mankind
7. Golden Apparition
8. Dead Man
9. Nena Linda
10. Living On The Line