With tour dates ahead of them and other miscellaneous events in the near future, Calexico are on the way to release their ninth album 'Edge Of The Sun', out on Berlin's City Slang in April this year and featuring various collaborators.

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Calexico release 'Edge Of The Sun' in April

Calexico are set to unveil 'Edge Of The Sun', which follows up their 2013 live release 'Spiritoso' and the previous studio album 'Algiers' from 2012. In true Calexico spirit, as they are well-known for their ever changing line-up and huge touring band ensemble, 'Edge Of The Sun' features a huge variety of special guests, beginning with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam - having previously worked on their 2008 album 'Carried to Dust' - who features on the track 'Bullets and Rocks'.

'When putting vocals on that song, it immediately reminded me of the Iron & Wine feel', admits band member Joey Burns. 'So I texted Sam, who wrote back quickly and got it going.' Further guest additions included Band Of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, DeVotchKa singer Nick Urata, Neko Case and members of Takim, as well as Joey's songwriter brother John Burns.

Much of the inspiration for the album came from the band's trip to Mexico City, which Burns admits helped mould the album into what it is. 'Going to another city to jump-start the creative process helped us to know what this record is about and where we are as a band, like an open canvas with few ties to normal routines when recording and writing', he explains.

More: Read our review of previous album 'Algiers'

'The 'Wdge Of The Sun' could be coming from the direction of darkness seeking light, or riding the line between both', he continues. 'All in all, this album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.'

Calexico will set out on the European tour in April, but before then you can catch them at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival on February 1st and at Rough Trade East instore the following day.

'Edge Of The Sun' will be released on April 13th 2015.

Listen to new track 'Cumbia de Donde' here:

Tour dates:
Feb 01 UK Glasgow - Celtic Connections
Feb 02 UK London - Rough Trade East Instore @ 7pm
Apr 14 DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio                                                          
Apr 15 DE Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
Apr 16 NL Amsterdam - Paradiso
Apr 17 NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
Apr 18 DE Berlin - Heimathafen - SOLD OUT
Apr 20 DE Cologne - E Werk
Apr 21 DE Munich - Muffathalle
Apr 22 CH Zurich - Volkshaus
Apr 23 IT Milan - Fabrique
Apr 25 LX Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Apr 26 FR Paris - Le Trianon
Apr 27 BE Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
Apr 28 UK London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr 30 UK Manchester - The Albert Hall
May 01 UK Liverpool - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
May 02 UK Belfast - The Limelight
May 03 IR Kilkenny - Kilkenny Roots Festival
May 04 IR Dublin - Olympia Theatre
Jun 11 NO Bergen - Bergenfest 2015
Jun 13 NO Oslo - Norwegian Wood Festival
Jun 17 DE Heidelberg, Halle 02
Jun 18 DE Ulm, Ulmer Zelt
Jun 19 DE Duisburg - Traumzeit Festival
Nov 19 DE Berlin - Columbiahalle