From the track’s rolling rhythm and opening twang, XIXA‘s “May They Call Us Home” strikes a very specific vibe: the rolling hills and sprawling plains of the Sonoran Desert, which range from Northern Mexico into Southern California. It’s beautifully captured in the new visual for the track, the second to be released from Genesis, the group’s sophomore studio effort. It’s due out February 19 via Julian Records.
“The video was written and directed by our West Texan pal, Charlie Stout, and is a nod to old Western film—featuring six men, dressed in black, and summoned by a cloaked monk character played by our real-life sonic guru, Howe Gelb,” explains band member Brian Lopez.
“The song infuses the tones and landscapes of our Sonoran homeland together with the rhythm and melody that we’ve found in Chicha music,” adds bandmate Gabriel Sullivan. “It is us bringing Spanish and English lyrics together. It is us bringing mysticism and spiritual consciousness together with the earth.”
Watch the video below.
XIXA have been extremely active in getting out the Chicanx/Latinx vote for this pivotal election, participating in the Rock the Border Stop the Wall live stream event last week, as well as their own live stream event for Seed the Vote and Lucha in September, amongst other efforts.
Fun fact: XIXA drummer Winston Watson has the distinction of serving as none less than Bob Dylan’s drummer between 1992-1996.