Video: Calexico “Harness the Wind”

Photo Credit: Holly Andres

In their new video for ‘Harness the Wind’ Calexico continues their psychedelic journey through the American Southwest.  Returning to the animated world seen in the previous video for ‘El Mirador’, their newest single explores sunnier themes of love and redemption.  Viewers are introduced to the main character as she flies across the desert sky in a sailbarge.   Trouble ensues and she finds herself falling to earth but a saviour awaits. In the final frames we see the silhouette of the ‘El Mirador’ tower in the distance.

Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino have been performing together for over 30 years, sharing a deep love of jazz and usually building songs on a foundation of bass and drums. ‘Harness the Wind’ is the second single from the ‘El Mirador’ album which will be released on April 8th via City Slang.

The album was written and recorded during the long months of pandemic lockdown at collaborator Sergio Mendoza’s studio.

“I’ve been playing with Calexico for about 15 years, and I admire Joey and John’s constant search for new sounds,” reflects Mendoza, whose newly built home studio became a refuge for the band and reduced pandemic risks while fostering a more organic creative process. “After so many albums,” he adds, “I’m really proud we were able to achieve something so fresh together.” 


The band is touring in support of the new record with a headlining show in London at the 02 Kentish Town Forum on May 14th.

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Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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