Calexico Describes Scoring the Film

An image of the cover art for the Circo soundtrack by Calexico

The Tucson-based band Calexico, whose mariachi-meets-jazz sound has been described as “desert noir,” first hit the Billboard charts in 2003 with their album Feast of Wire, and later released a critically acclaimed collaboration with the band Iron & Wine called In the Reins. They have worked with Nancy Sinatra, Arcade Fire, Amos Lee, and released six studio albums of their own. The band features Joey Burns, and John Covertino. Here they discuss the pared-down process they used to compose the score for Circo.