Mark Speer (Guitarist):
"I'm thankful. Blessed. But I'm confused as to why?"
Khruangbin returns with a new album, Mordechai, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018's Con Todo El Mundo. After the tremendous success of that album, they sold out nearly every show they played last year across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
"August 10" from Con Todo El Mundo:
The trio's first album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, was released in 2015. Last year they put out Hasta El Cielo — a dub version of Con Todo El Mundo.
"With All The World" from Hasta El Cielo:
Earlier this year, they teamed up with Leon Bridges for the collaborative EP, Texas Sun.
"C-Side" from Texas Sun:
Mordechai will be Khruangbin's third studio album and will feature vocals on every track, a new sound for a band best known as an instrumental act. It has a lot of funk, dub, surf, psychedelia, and soul with more Asian and African influences than their past work.
Guitarist Mark Speer, bassist Laura Lee Ochoa and drummer Donald "DJ" Johnson make up Khruangbin, which means "engine fly," or the Thai word for "airplane."
Mark is grateful yet baffled by his band's recent success and stated in a prior interview: "I mean, we're this band with a weird name, playing mainly instrumental music with a weird stage presence. I never anticipated any of this stuff could happen. I'm thankful. Blessed. But I'm confused as to why?"
The fascinating part about their music is that you may have already heard it countless times and never noticed. Their tunes can be heard in many commercials, including Miller Lite and on Outer Banks, a popular new Netflix show.
Miller Lite commercial featuring Khruangbin:
Mordechai press materials announcing the LP:
Musically, the band's ever-restless ear saw it pulling reference points from Pakistan, Korea, and West Africa, incorporating strains of Indian chanting boxes and Congolese syncopated guitar. But more than anything, the album became a celebration of Houston, the eclectic city that had nurtured them, and a cultural nexus where you can check out country and zydeco, trap rap, or avant-garde opera on any given night.
Their first single from the new album "Time (You and I)" has a vintage blend of funk, soul, and disco. The track's music video features comedians Stephen K. Amos and Lunga Anele-Skosana, who wander around London on a rainy day, dancing to the song as they leave sandcastles at various locations around the city.
"Time (You And I)" music video:
The second single "So We Won't Forget" features a music video produced by Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo x Nakama and directed by Scott Dungate. It shows a man grieving the loss of his young daughter by constructing a shrine out of plush animals. He travels to-and-from the shrine on his bicycle with many distractions along the way. Still, the man stays determined to reunite with his daughter once more.
Check out the "So We Won't Forget" music video:
On June 16, they released the video for their third single "Pelota" which means ball in Spanish. The animated clip, directed by Hugo Rodrigues Rodriguez, written by Alvaro Sotomayor and produced by Glassworks Creative Studio, features animated versions of the band members floating through a surreal world.
Check out the "Pelota" music video:
Mordechai is due out via Dead Oceans on June 26.
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