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Advance Review - Khruangbin: Mordechai (June 26, 2020)
Houston, TX based Khruangbin is back with another release this year, a follow-up to their 2018 record Con Todo El Mundo. They also collaborated with Leon Bridges on Texas Sun this year. On Mordechai vocals are featured prominently on nearly every track on the album, a first for the band.
Khruangbin continues their eclectic mix of alt, jazz, surf-rock, indie, and more on Mordechai. There are tracks that feature guitar prominently, but one thing that is always present throughout the album is the bass. It's laid on thick and thoroughly throughout.
Khruangbin soar high on tracks such as "Time (You and I", "Pelota", and "So She Won't Forget". They also slow it down with tunes such as "Father Bird, Mother Bird" and "One to Remember". Overall, Mordechai keeps listeners in a dream like state throughout, particularly when they slow things down. Their melodies are polished and beg you to move. Already on the climb up, Mordechai seems like a win for Khruangbin as they continue to move forward in their artistic journey.
Rating - 4/5