Matching crunching indie rock with elements of country and Americana, Cordovas’ ‘That Santa Fe Channel’ is a must for anyone who fell for UncleTupelo, Beachwood Sparks, or even luminaries such as Gram Parsons.
There’s a shade of gilded Southern harmonies at work here, combined with a songwriting sensibility which isn't afraid to express melancholy. Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with ‘That Santa Fe Channel’. The album marks the band's ATO Records debut, arriving after more than a half-decade's worth of international touring, communal living, and shared songwriting sessions. It's a timely — and timeless — version of a sound that's existed for 50 years, ever since pioneers like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Bothers Band blurred the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music.
If ‘That Santa Fe Channel’ nods to the band's influences, though, it's still a fiercely unique album, recorded in a series of live takes that shine a light not only on Cordovas' songwriting chops, but their strength as a raw, rugged live band, as well. ‘That Santa Fe Channel’ was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters.
It's American music without borders. ‘That Santa Fe Channel’ is the soundtrack to communal existence: a collection of songs written together, performed together, and lived together. And what a soundtrack it is.