Mosquitos - Mexican Dust (Six Degrees Records)

Add Date: 08/15
Top 200 Focus Tracks: 6, 1, 8
World Focus Tracks: 3, 9, 5
FCC: Clean
Formats: Top 200, World, Triple A, Modern Rock Specialty

Artist Info: Mosquitos—singer Juju Stulbach, singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Root, keyboardist-programmer Jon Marshall Smith—are musical nomads whose songs occupy a mythical place somewhere between Brooklyn and Brazil. Mexican Dust is the trio’s fourth album, and its first after a ten-year hiatus. However, the passage of time hasn’t changed Mosquitos’ sound. It’s always existed in a sweet, special place, somewhere sunny and off the beaten path, with a unique blend of Brazilian influences, American pop smarts and witty, oddball arrangements. Mexican Dust, produced by Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Mark Ronson) and Mosquitos, is perhaps the most geographically specific of their discs, its wistful songs shaped by the years Stulbach and Root have spent in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. 

A recurring theme on Mexican Dust is the search for a home, one that Stulbach as lyricist addresses head-on in “This Town,” a sudden yearning for her frenetic New York City streets, and in “Estrangeira.” And she touches on it more amusingly in “Island in the Bathtub,” where a kitten perches precariously on her chest, safe from the water below.