Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. 100
    The band artfully showcase their musical knowledge to create a project which marks a clear distinction for the largely instrumental band. With ‘Mordechai’, Khruangbin have at once expanded their horizons while rooting their latest project in a sound they’ve made their own.
  2. Jun 26, 2020
    “Mordechai” contains this unusual and alluring group’s best work yet.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 23, 2020
    Mordechai is a great record, made by deep listeners who believe that discerning taste does not equate to snobbishness, Through it, we're reminded that good music is for everyone. [Aug 2020, p.20]
  4. Mojo
    Jul 21, 2020
    Khruangbin haven't forgotten the global jukebox that got them this far: Turkish psychedelia, flamenco palmas, the shimmering heat of Houston, dub ... The ice has definitely melted. [Sep 2020, p.82]
  5. Jun 26, 2020
    Intensely relaxing, wonderfully addictive, and ultra-mellow, ‘Moredechai’ is this summer’s sunset record.
  6. 80
    The group sit deeper than ever in their grooves on their third outing, and the moments of tranquillity are even more zen. Mordechai offers a rich, meditative escape from the world, something more welcomed than ever in the current climate.
  7. Jun 25, 2020
    Khruangbin's music can still work as an ebullient, sun-baked soundtrack to daily activities, social gatherings, or cross-country road trips, but their songs have gotten more expressive and soul-searching, and Mordechai rewards closer listening more than any of their previous recordings.
  8. Jun 25, 2020
    A a culmination of those travels as well as a homage to Houston. Laura Lee’s (bassist) homecoming provided her with the clarity that was needed to create the well-executed diversity shown.
  9. Q Magazine
    Jun 23, 2020
    The whole set is sumptuously produced and is the trio's most fully realised sonic adventure yet. [Summer 2020, p.98]
  10. Jun 23, 2020
    The album is an ode to all that Khruangbin have achieved and a look forward to everything that is to come.
  11. Jun 23, 2020
    Mordechai finds Khruangbin coming into their own, thanks to the band’s lyrical development and the honing of their fusion of intercontinental influences. As the adage goes, there’s nothing new under the sun, but Mordechai makes a case that maybe there just might be.
  12. Jul 1, 2020
    Mordechai is still very much a psychedelic vista of an album, but the difference is all with the vocals. The bassist of the group, Laura Lee Ochoa, takes command, with her long, stretched-out phrases adding massively to their overall kaleidoscopic groove. The interesting thing here is that the vocals never take a front line, instead they’re always carefully mixed to merely assist the guitar or percussion, creating a fuller sonic experience for the listener.
  13. Jul 15, 2020
    Mordechai, for all its use of vocals, really shows off the chops and interplay of the drums, bass, and guitar at Khruangbin's core. Even the songs that didn't grab me at first are a pleasure to listen to for the way Speer, Lee, and Johnson play together.
  14. Rolling Stone
    Jul 7, 2020
    The Houston retro perfectionists create great global grooves with multilingual narratives. [Jul 2020, p.87]
  15. Jul 1, 2020
    While Mordechai falls just short of providing that ‘sit up and take notice’ moment many of us have been waiting for, there’s certainly a lot to admire about Khruangbin – not least their formidable crate-digging skills.
  16. Jun 29, 2020
    If they are willing to try out different moods and feelings, while still using that winning formula of tones and instruments, they could be a great band. On Mordechai, Khruangbin gets one step closer.
  17. 60
    The music is fine, if aimless.
  18. Jun 26, 2020
    Mordechai doesn’t quite commit to delivering fleshed-out songs, or to synthesizing Khruangbin’s influences into something new. It’s too busy to settle fully into your subconscious like the intercontinental ambience of Khruangbin’s 2018 breakout Con Todo El Mundo, but not substantial enough to satisfy more active listening.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. May 24, 2022
    This album provides a link between previous Khruangbin albums, and has an overall more "accessible" feel to it, with the presence of moreThis album provides a link between previous Khruangbin albums, and has an overall more "accessible" feel to it, with the presence of more vocals and some radio friendly tunes. Stylistically, this is very similar to previous albums but does lack an overall "theme" of influence or style, but I feel this is what the band were going for. Staying true to form with some excellent melodic parts. Full Review »
  2. Jan 1, 2021
    ( 88/100 )

    Khruangbin es un trio texano conformado por Laura Lee, Mark Speer y Donald Johnson. "Con Todo El Mundo" (2018) fue un solido y
    ( 88/100 )

    Khruangbin es un trio texano conformado por Laura Lee, Mark Speer y Donald Johnson. "Con Todo El Mundo" (2018) fue un solido y agradable navegar por aguas acústicas del mundo, pero una sorpresa más grande me conmovió en "Mordechai", que aún con su esencia y estilo, el trio nos da un viaje lleno de armonía. Hay una sensación de compresión en el aura general de "Morechai", pero yo lo atribuyo al objetivo de la producción que, con ayuda de Steve Christensen, es mágico, porque aún con su intensidad, el aura de la música te exige tranquilidad: un ritmo suave para disfrutar de su discurso, sensibilidad y fuerza lleno de detalles. Si el mundo pudiera cantar, "Morechai" sería el canto de cuna lleno de folklore y origen a los viajeros del mundo que buscan las maravillas más intimas de la madre naturaleza. Khruangbin son los trotamundos que han escuchado el canto en el viento y lo traducen en una música con tanto amor que, espero con todo mi corazón, no pare nunca.
    Khruangbin is a trio from Texas conformed by Laura Lee, Mark Speer, and Donald "DJ" Johnson. "Con Todo El Mundo" (2018) was a solid and nice sail through the acoustic waters of the world, but a bigger surprise moved me in "Mordechai", that even with its essence and style, the trio give us a trip full of harmony. There's a compress sensation in the general aura of "Mordechai", but I attribute it to the objective of the production that, with help of Steve Christensen, is magic, because even with its intensity, the musical aura demands tranquility: a smooth rhythm to enjoy its speech, sensibility, and strength full of details. If the world could sing, "Mordechai" would be a lullaby full of folklore and origin to the travelers of the Earth seeking the wonders of mother nature. Khruangbin is the globetrotters that have heard the song in the wind and have translated it into their music with so much love that I hope with all my heart it never stops.
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  3. Aug 12, 2020
    Worthies (7/10):
    - First Class
    - Time (You and I) - Connaissais de Face - Father Bird, Mother Bird - If There is No Question - Pelota -
    Worthies (7/10):
    - First Class
    - Time (You and I)
    - Connaissais de Face
    - Father Bird, Mother Bird
    - If There is No Question
    - Pelota
    - One to Remember
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