Photo by Jeff Elbel
Tucson's Sergio Mendoza is joined by Luz Elena Mendoza on his latest project.
Somehow between touring internationally with Calexico
in support of their new album and playing in and orchestrating his own band Orkesta Mendoza as well as the Mexrissey project
(a live band reimagining of Morrisey's music with Spanish lyrics and Latin flare) Sergio Mendoza found time to start an entirely new project and it's no surprise that it's absolutely delightful to listen to.
Los Hijos De La Montaña pairs Mendoza's multi-instrumental talents with Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba's soulful singing to create a lush, sometimes moody and always beautiful nine songs that you'll likely listen to over and over again. Their titular release premiered on NPR Music's First Listen
on Sunday, May 17 and you can stream it now for your listening pleasure.
After all, we all know Tuesdays completely suck, but yours will suck a little less once you pop the album on and follow it as it shifts from airy tropical vibes to a psychedelic Southwestern sensibility and then over to a rich, full, horn-and-synth laden pop jam.
You can follow Mendoza's new band on Facebook
for more updates on the duo and their new release. You can also catch him live with his orkesta, Salvador Duran and Vox Urbana at Rialto Theatre on Saturday, May 23. The show starts at 8 p.m. You can find tickets for $12 in advance, along with more information, on the Rialto Theatre website