The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty psychedelic cumbia tracks on their debut album, Bloodline (Barbès Records/Glitterhouse Records, February 2016), an expansion on their recent EP Shift and Shadow.

The band hails from the Tucson indie rock scene; core members Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan are integral part of Giant Sand’s current incarnation, in the past produced, toured or recorded with the likes of William Sedlmayr, KT Tunstall, Calexico. But XIXA wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics, loud indie-rock and desert blues (Imarhan’s and Tamashek rock legend Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan collaborated with XIXA to write “World Goes Away”.), surrounded by the obscure side of the American southwest.

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