Calexico is one of my favorite bands, so every release is a big event and therefore Algiers is something to rejoice about. It is their first album since 2008. And as usual there is a mix of instrumentals and songs with vocals. There is a variety of different arrangements with multiple instruments and music styles from typical American folk to Mexican folk and spaghetti western and beyond. My favorite tracks so far are the following: "Splitter," "Fortune Teller," Maybe On Monday," and "No Te Vayas."
Another of my favorite bands, band Of Horses, also has a new release, Mirage Rock, which is another strong collection of songs. This time around they are produced by veteran producer Glyn Johns (Eagles 1972-73). So this album has more of a conventional pop feel to it than their previous effort Infinite Arms. There are several stand out track especially the first three: "Knock Knock," then my favorite track--"How To Love," and "Slow Cruel Hands Of Time." All in all, it is another strong effort from the band.