Mexican Dust

Mexican Dust

by The Mosquitos


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In the mid-2000s, over a four-year span, New York indie pop combo Mosquitos delivered a well-regarded trio of LPs that appealingly married gentle bossa nova rhythms with quirky pop arrangements. The project began as a romantic courtship between Brazilian singer Juju Stulbach and American multi-instrumentalist Chris Root, who later recruited his friend keyboardist and programmer Jon Marshall Smith to complete the lineup. Following 2006's III, Mosquitos fell into a lengthy hiatus as geography and circumstances separated the band's contributors, with Stulbach and Root settling into a new life in Mexico and Smith heading to the mountains of North Carolina. Stulbach and Root's musical narrative continued in duo form as Undersea Poem while Smith became involved mixing and mastering projects for other acts. After a decade apart, the itch to once again collaborate took hold and the bandmembers began a long-distance musical conversation that eventually took them back to New York to work with producer and arranger Michael Leonhart. Autobiographical by its very nature, Mosquitos' fourth album, Mexican Dust, feels less like a comeback than it does a checking-in of sorts. There's an affable everyday quality to the band's songwriting that helps it come across simply as a snapshot of where the three friends are in 2017. More texturally varied than much of their earlier work, Mexican Dust veers from wistful odes like "Far Like Stars" and "Someone You Love" to bright, lush synth pop with horn arrangements courtesy of Leonhart. Themes of displacement, both geographical ("This Town") and emotional ("Island in the Bathtub"), appear throughout the album, which itself tends to feel a little lost and disconnected at times. Still, there's a warmth and humor to Mosquitos' brand of pop, and this fourth chapter in their story has plenty to offer.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2017
Label: Six Degrees
UPC: 0657036127227
catalogNumber: 036127
Rank: 276408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mosquitos   Primary Artist
Jay Leonhart   Acoustic Bass
Catherine Russell   Background Vocals
Michael Leonhart   Trombone,Trumpet,Electric Bass,Cornet,Drums,French Horn,Cavaquinho,Electric Sitar,Synthesizer Bass,Mellowphone,Plunger Mute
Cochemea Gastelum   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Marshall Smith   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Group Member
Juju Stulbach   Harmonium,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Root   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Amy Ralske   Cello
Amy Kimball   Violin,Viola
Sara Shoenbeck   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Michael Brady   Graphic Design
Michael Leonhart   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mosquitos   Composer,Producer
Chris Root   Engineer
Josh Nickel   Engineer
Michael McDearis   Cover Art

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