Album cover artPerhaps upon learning the name of Khruangbin’s new album Mordechai and seeing its cover art, you were reminded of the hawk from The Royal Tenenbaums – the 2001 film by director Wes Anderson, who is also a native of the band’s beloved hometown of Houston.

There’s definitely something of that bird of prey’s thematic freeness in Khruangbin’s new venture, but officially, it’s named for a friend of bassist Laura Lee Ochoa; prior to when writing commenced, Ochoa experienced an epiphany – centred around enjoying the journey – while jumping off a waterfall she’d hiked to with said friend, named Mordechai, and his family.

Needless to say the far-reaching influences of the soulful surf-funk group come home to nest on Mordechai, which for the first time sees vocals – born from lyrics penned by Ochoa during silent meditation – feature on nearly every track. Look out for our album review, which will go live this week.

Mordechai by Khruangbin is out Friday Jun 26 via Dead Oceans/Inertia.

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