HOT NEW MEXICANS: It’s Called Leaning Back: CD

Maybe its the holiday season that makes some mellower music more enticing to me. These guys play fairly slow tempo stuff with vocals that remind me of Bowie meets some more rocking stuff along the lines of Ted Leo. The music has subdued, jangly, and choppy sounds with a calm drummer who most likely appreciates the Clash and Charlie Watt equally. From the insert it seems HNM are from Cleveland, Mississippi. That explains the swagger; things just happen a little slower in their neck of the woods. This record is worth a listen, although some might find it a little over the top for their tastes.

 –guest (Salinas)