Working loosely in a style that’s been called “desert noir,” Calexico is a band’s band. For close to 20 years, the group has been singleminded in its mission to erase lines between genres and geography. Anchored by core members Joey Burns and John Convertino, the Arizona ensemble has swerved through freewheeling detours into indie rock, Tex-Mex, and Americana, with flourishes of jazz, soul, and country along the way. “Edge of the Sun,” the band’s new album on Anti-, is no less adventurous, but it feels curated in a way that sets it apart from previous releases. For writing inspiration, Burns and Convertino uprooted to Mexico City, specifically the artsy neighborhood of Coyoacán, and that metropolis’s spirit seeps into these vibrant songs. Calexico is often about the chemistry among its players and special guests, and “Edge of the Sun” is flush with vocal cameos from the likes of Neko Case (“Tapping on the Line”), Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell (“Falling From the Sky”), and Gaby Moreno (“Beneath the City of Dreams”). (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “Tapping on the Line”
Calexico performs at the Sinclair June 4, with Gaby Moreno opening.