Listen: Khruangbin’s third single from Mordechai, Pelota

The tune comes accompanied by an equally groovy animated music video


Photo: Burak Cingi / Redferns

Khruangbin have released the third single taken from their upcoming album, Mordechai, set to arrive next Friday, 26 June through Dead Oceans. Pelota – like previous single releases for So We Won’t Forget and Time (You And I) – featured an accompanying concept music video, this time centred in animation. Take a look below.

The animated video was directed by Hugo Rodrigues Rodriguez, written by Alvaro Sotomayor and produced by Glassworks Creative Studio.

Speaking briefly on Pelota, Khruangbin remarked: “A Texan band with a Thai name singing a song in Spanish, loosely based on a Japanese movie.”

The lyrical motif in Pelota – Spanish for “ball” – is the line “Ahorita yo puedo ser una pelota”, which roughly translates to “Right now I can be the ball”.

Mordechai, which consists of 10 tracks, is said to more prominently feature vocals in contrast to the band’s mostly instrumental discography.

“It’s a shift that rewards the risk,” wrote label Dead Oceans in a statement on the Texan trio’s shift in musicality. “reorienting Khruangbin’s transportive sound toward a new sense of emotional directness, without losing the spirit of nomadic wandering that’s always defined it.”

This year also saw the release of Khruangbin’s collaborative EP with Leon Bridges, called Texas Sun.

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