Album Name: Mordechai
Release Date: June 26, 2020
Genre: Psych / Dub / Funk
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Lately, there has been a global shift to try to open our hearts to stillness. To allow space for connection – to the people we love, to new ideas, to ourselves. Many of us have been actively practicing meditation and yoga when in other times it would have never occurred to us to even attempt it. Embracing this idea of mindfulness, let’s start fresh with “Mordechai” by Khruangbin – A record that frontwoman and bassist Laura Lee calls “Earth Music.”
Khruangbin can completely clear your mind with their slowed down dub bass, west-African spaced out guitar rhythms and throwback reverb. If you played their music somewhere wild, you’d be able to hear the birds chirping and leaves rustling in harmony.
The Texas band marries a multitude of cultural influences that is varied and refreshing. Some others they’ve mentioned firsthand in interviews and on Reddit are Mexico and South Asia. Apparently one of their core influences is ’60s-’70s Thai funk, and the name Khruangbin is Thai and roughly translated to “Airplane.” Having been treading through the same indie rock and alt hip-hop algorithms on Spotify, I really welcomed the change in direction when a friend suggested them to me. Maybe it can be a gentle gateway for us to other sounds that fall outside the overemphasized Western influence.
Khruangbin is perfect for the top of the New Year. Find some calm cool clarity in the natural spaciousness and listen to “Mordechai.” Open your mind to new possibilities.