Earlier this year, the funky and psychedelic Houston trio Khruangbin teamed up with fellow Texan Leon Bridges for the impressive collaborative EP Texas Sun. In a week and a half, Khruangbin will follow it up when they release Mordechai, a new full-length album of their very own. We’ve already posted the lovely early singles “Time (You And I)” and “So We Won’t Forget.” Today, Khruangbin have dropped a third song on us.
The new track “Pelota” isn’t as dazed or contemplative as the first two singles. Instead, it’s a rippling, percussive workout — more on the funk side of what the trio does, less on the psychedelic tip. The title is Spanish for “ball,” and it’s also the name of a Basque game that’s kind of like racquetball. In a press release, Khruangbin call themselves “a Texan band with a Thai name singing a song in Spanish, loosely based on a Japanese movie.” (They don’t say what the Japanese movie is. I would like to know!)
Director Hugo Rodríguez Rodríguez has made an animated video for “Pelota.” It’s a largely abstract affair, showing a human form floating over borders and through space. Check it out below.