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Spoke - 2022 Reissue

    Repressed on vinyl for the first time in a good while, limited availability. Spoke is the debut studio album of Calexico, from Arizona. The back cover photo of Spoke is a furrowing farm machine, and in the context of this recording, one might imagine clouds of birds following the machinery to eat up the disturbed insects. Calexico snatch up the bits of Americana turned out by a rototilling of the national music psyche. The 19 resultant tracks can be small as insects (the shortest being half a minute in length) and erratic in flight; there are lo-fi songs and themes that proceed without concern for what came before. One bit is held up by guitar, another by accordion, then one by vibes. A bit of desert dust sprinkled throughout may be the only constant theme -- a Santa Fe rummage sale of sounds. Spoke is very intriguing and well worth exploring.


    A1 Low Expectations
    A2 Mind The Gap
    A3 Mazurra
    A4 Sanchez
    A5 Haul
    A6 Slag
    A7 Paper Route
    A8 Glimpse
    A9 Navy Cut
    A10 Spokes

    B1 Scout
    B2 Point Vicente
    B3 Wash
    B4 Ice Cream Jeep
    B5 Windjammer
    B6 Mazurka
    B7 Removed
    B8 Stinging Nettle

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