We carry Tu Fawning's beautiful new album 'A Monument' very close to our hearts, as do their fans - the praise for their record hasn't stopped (see below) and so we feel urged to remind everyone of its beauty. 'Wager' crystalized as one of the outstanding tracks of the album. It has finally found its visual match in this noir dreamscape, filmed and directed by Berlin native Annikki Heinemann, who followed the band in Portland and Berlin over the course of 2 months...

The band will also be embarking on a EU tour this month with their glorious live act. All dates after the jump.

"Wager", the album's clear triumph, is the closest the band allowed itself to a pop single, with the giddy guitar crunch of the pre-chorus leaping straight into the wide-open arms of the big, hopeful chorus: "There'll be no confusion with this one, I'm certain." Overall, A Monument inverts the group's earlier approach, allowing the atmospherics to act in service of the songs rather than necessitating the whole endeavor." Pitchfork

"A Monument is a step forward for a highly talented group of musicians, and with gems like “Build a Great Cliff” and “Wager”, it is clear that they are capable of achieving great things." popmatters

"Tu Fawning has evolved from the sound of attending a funeral on Hearts on Hold, to the sound of throwing a carnival in a funeral parlor on A Monument. There’s a lot of life here to be had, and it’ll only get better." Consequence of Sound

"a collection of slow, rich and dark stories from the Portland underground that draw you in, only to hold you firmly in their grasp for 45 very entertaining minutes." the line of best fit

Autumn EU Tourdates:

14.09 Leffineleuren – Festival
15.09 Tilburg – Incubate Festival
16.09 Köln – Gebäude 9
17.09 München – Theaterfabrik
18.09 Dresden – Beatpol
19.09 Poznan - SQ
20.09 Berlin – Astra (supporting Get Well Soon)
21.09 Hamburg – Reeperbahn Festival
22.09 Osnabrück – Kleine Freiheit
23.09 Lille – La Malterie
25.09 Stuttgart – Schocken
26.09 Zürich – Viadukt (Bogen F)
27.09 Freiburg – Waldsee
28.09 Innsbruck – Weekender
29.09 Linz – Posthof
01.10 Zagreb – NKC Park
02.10 Graz – Forum Stadtpark
03.10 Budapest - Trafo House
04.10 Vienna – Waves Festival
06.10 Varese – Twiggy
08.10 Paris - Cafe De La Danse
09.10 London - White Heat @ Madame Jojos

The stunning new Calexico album 'Algiers' is out now worldwide!  Take a few moments to watch this beautiful new mini-documentary explaining the conception and development of 'Algiers', the band's newest masterpiece:

Following career-best reviews for new album Algiers (see below for some of this praise), Calexico have just announced a 6-date UK/Irish tour for Feb 2013. Ahead of this the band will be making their long-awaited UK live return with a headline show at the Forum next week and an exclusive instore performance at Rough Trade East this Thursday. Tourdates below - more info and ticket links in our tourdates section!

But first, take a look at this beautiful new video for "Splitter". Calexico says: "Spanish director Paloma Zapata's attention to detail is phenomenal and on our newest single "Splitter" she took three different characters who are compelled by a need for escape with a sci-fi and surreal approach". 


Calexico on tour:

Thursday 13 September – LONDON – Rough Trade East (onstage 12pm)
Tuesday 18 September – LONDON – Forum (£20)

Thursday 14 February – DUBLIN – Olympia (€24.60)
Friday 15 February – GLASGOW – 02 ABC (£15)
Saturday 16 February – MANCHESTER – HMV Ritz (£16)
Sunday 17 February – LEEDS – Metropolitan University (£16)
Monday 18 February – BRISTOL – 02 Academy (£16)
Tuesday 19 February – BRIGHTON – Dome Corn Exchange (£16)


Critical acclaim for Algiers by Calexico, released today on City Slang records:

"Easily their most accessible album, 'Algiers' is also Calexico at their most expansive and very, very best"
MOJO – 4 stars ****

"Algiers showcases a band utterly assured and fully aware of their intoxicating potency"
Q – 4 stars ****

“On their sixth studio album, Calexico finally sound more like a band with memorable individual songs, than a project dedicated to creating audio soundscapes evocative of the American southwest. Burns’ voice imposes its own character on the songs – a haunting blend of mystery and trepidation tempered with longing.”
The Independent – 4 stars **** (Album of the Week)

“The core duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino create an atmosphere rich in longing and emotional ferment.”
Financial Times – 4 stars ****

“Simply stunning, overflowing with confidence and creativity, the production is a feat of good taste and craftsmanship, and Joey’s voice has never sounded so wonderful. Their best album in a long, long while.”
Stool Pigeon – 4 stars ****

“‘Algiers’ is everything we know Calexico to be: lucid with grit and tempered with melody, easily the equal of their career’s best work.”
The Fly – 4 Stars ****

“The perfect marriage of their wide-ranging skills, brimming with engaging, atmospheric soundscapes. Recording in the New Orleans suburb of Algiers appears to have done the trick with some of the city’s musical magic infusing their work.”
The Sun – 4 Stars ****

“Named after the riverside New Orleans district it was recorded in, the album is soaked through with the city’s musical heritage. The results are beguiling… Tones emerge like spreading watercolours; lyrics speak from the page and imagery blooms”
Record Collector – 4 stars ****

‘Algiers’ is a Calexico album unlike any other. More forceful, immediate and polished, whilst still possessing the bewitching musical interplays of old”
Clash – 8/10

“Algiers reveals itself to be a warm and compassionate affirmation of the band’s deep-rooted DNA, with enough fresh twists to keep this compelling story moving forward.”
Uncut – 7/10

“Algiers traverses forward with a vivid sense of exploration whilst hardly failing to impress.”
DIY – 7/10

“The sad twang of a pedal steel and Joey Burns’ rich lyrical imagery draw you in, and depth and craftsmanship is slowly revealed.”

“Convertino and Burns have found a way to deepen and broaden their sound without compromising any of their distinctive aesthetic.”
The Line of Best Fit – 9/10

“As ever, Algiers is a refined, consistent and beautifully textured set of songs… Seven albums in, Calexico have lost none of their power to evoke and enthrall.”

“Endlessly listenable and beautifully performed, Algiers is another fine entry into this dependably excellent band’s catalogue.”
MusicOMH – 4 Stars ****