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Mexican Dust

Mosquitos

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In the mid-2000s, over a four-year span, New York indie pop combo Mosquitos delivered a well-regarded trio of LPs that appealingly married gentle bossa nova rhythms with quirky pop arrangements. The project began as a romantic courtship between Brazilian singer Juju Stulbach and American multi-instrumentalist Chris Root, who later recruited his friend keyboardist and programmer Jon Marshall Smith to complete the lineup. Following 2006's III, Mosquitos fell into a lengthy hiatus as geography and circumstances separated the band's contributors, with Stulbach and Root settling into a new life in Mexico and Smith heading to the mountains of North Carolina. Stulbach and Root's musical narrative continued in duo form as Undersea Poem while Smith became involved mixing and mastering projects for other acts. After a decade apart, the itch to once again collaborate took hold and the bandmembers began a long-distance musical conversation that eventually took them back to New York to work with producer and arranger Michael Leonhart. Autobiographical by its very nature, Mosquitos' fourth album, Mexican Dust, feels less like a comeback than it does a checking-in of sorts. There's an affable everyday quality to the band's songwriting that helps it come across simply as a snapshot of where the three friends are in 2017. More texturally varied than much of their earlier work, Mexican Dust veers from wistful odes like "Far Like Stars" and "Someone You Love" to bright, lush synth pop with horn arrangements courtesy of Leonhart. Themes of displacement, both geographical ("This Town") and emotional ("Island in the Bathtub"), appear throughout the album, which itself tends to feel a little lost and disconnected at times. Still, there's a warmth and humor to Mosquitos' brand of pop, and this fourth chapter in their story has plenty to offer.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
This Town
00:03:41

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

2
Far Like Stars
00:02:39

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

3
Estrangeira
00:02:57

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

4
Counting the Days
00:02:59

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

5
Azulando
00:04:21

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

6
Lights Pass By
00:03:22

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

7
Island in the Bathtub
00:03:11

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

8
So Lonely
00:03:09

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

9
Quantum Romanticum
00:02:29

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer - Jon Marhsall Smith, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

10
Mexican Dust
00:03:22

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

11
Someone You Love
00:02:24

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

12
Into the Drain
00:03:58

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

13
Todo Fogo
00:03:15

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

14
Sometimes She's Blue
00:00:43

Michael Leonhart, Writer - Jon Marshall Smith, Writer - Chris Root, Writer - Mosquitos, MainArtist - Juju Stullbach, Writer

© 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records ℗ 2017 Mosquitos and Michael Leonhart under license to Six Degrees Records

Album Description

In the mid-2000s, over a four-year span, New York indie pop combo Mosquitos delivered a well-regarded trio of LPs that appealingly married gentle bossa nova rhythms with quirky pop arrangements. The project began as a romantic courtship between Brazilian singer Juju Stulbach and American multi-instrumentalist Chris Root, who later recruited his friend keyboardist and programmer Jon Marshall Smith to complete the lineup. Following 2006's III, Mosquitos fell into a lengthy hiatus as geography and circumstances separated the band's contributors, with Stulbach and Root settling into a new life in Mexico and Smith heading to the mountains of North Carolina. Stulbach and Root's musical narrative continued in duo form as Undersea Poem while Smith became involved mixing and mastering projects for other acts. After a decade apart, the itch to once again collaborate took hold and the bandmembers began a long-distance musical conversation that eventually took them back to New York to work with producer and arranger Michael Leonhart. Autobiographical by its very nature, Mosquitos' fourth album, Mexican Dust, feels less like a comeback than it does a checking-in of sorts. There's an affable everyday quality to the band's songwriting that helps it come across simply as a snapshot of where the three friends are in 2017. More texturally varied than much of their earlier work, Mexican Dust veers from wistful odes like "Far Like Stars" and "Someone You Love" to bright, lush synth pop with horn arrangements courtesy of Leonhart. Themes of displacement, both geographical ("This Town") and emotional ("Island in the Bathtub"), appear throughout the album, which itself tends to feel a little lost and disconnected at times. Still, there's a warmth and humor to Mosquitos' brand of pop, and this fourth chapter in their story has plenty to offer.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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