Beginning on 5th March, Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens will release a series of EPs as a prelude to his next full-length album, ‘Sinner’s Shrine’, recorded with musicians from Calexico. The EPs will include a song each from ‘Sinner’s Shrine’ along with songs from the album sessions and other new recordings. Through various lockdowns, Owens never stopped working and manged to pull together artists from Scotland, the USA and Germany, including Joey Burns and John Convertino of ‘desert noir’ specialists Calexico and guests like Grant Lee Phillips. The new material – partly recorded at WaveLab Studios and partly long distance – reflects Owens’ love for the desert states of the American Southwest. Musically and visually this captures that mood perfectly.
‘New Mexico’ is the first single from ‘The Burning Heart – The Desert Trilogy EPs, Vol 1’. Owens describes the song: “A song that first appeared on my lo-fi debut solo record, The Droma Tapes. I always said that was the black and white version, and I thought ‘New Mexico’ should have the full Technicolor treatment. And now it has.”