The Houston-based trio, Khraungbin has quickly climbed up the charts of my heart ever since I dove head first into their catalog last year. Like most things in life, I was a little late to them, but I have since made up for lost time. Ever since I really started listening to these three, I've been hooked like John Popper. Their first album; The Universe Smiles Upon You is one of the few things I can listen to while blogging. (Ya boi cannot think and get through his process when there's lyrics).
Khru's forthcoming album Mordechai is set for release on June 26th. In preparation, they've already released two videos; both have been blogged on DOL! If you're slick you may have already noticed that I linked Time (You and I) in the last paragraph and this is where the more somber So We Don't Forget will get attached. Today (June 16th, 2020) they released a third video from Mordechai "Pelota"; it's animated and in Spanish!
Khruangbin continues to be the United Nations of psych-funk-groove tunes with so many different sounds and influences from across the globe. "Pelota" is entirely in Spanish and the video has some serious Japanese animation vibes mixed with acid (which originated in Switzerland) going on. If you haven't already googled translated Pelota, allow me to tell you it means "ball".
While I have next to no idea what Laura Lee is singing in this track, it passes the groove test. I can attempt to dance to this. That's all a groove needs; people (me) could theoretically dance to this if they had any rhythm.
I've definitely been one of those "how can you like a song that isn't in English? .... you can't even understand it" douches before, but as I continue to grow into a better man I've learned that songs like this or that show that a great song is about so much more than simply the lyrics. Obviously they matter, but good music is good music (how profound!). 10 days until Mordechai!
P.S. I'm in love with Laura Lee and if you need further explanation why this should help.