Last winter while on tour, Andrew Endres and his band had all of their gear stollen. Instead of letting the major setback get in his way, the Portland-based, jazz-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter buckled down and utilized the hardship as inspiration in writing the debut album for his band Mordecai.
Today Vortex Music Magazine premiered the single, “Control,” off that album, It’s Never Enough. The song explores a downtempo, ethereal realm of Endres’ brand of heartfelt pop, and as he explains, touches on the theme of society’s desensitization towards capitalism. In a similar sonic atmospheric of ambient electronics and a slow driving drum beat, Endres processes the ending of a relationship, singing “there’s nothing more to say, you didn’t want me/and I can’t change, there’s nothing more to say,” on their first single, “Nothing.”
On Wednesday, August 30, Mordecai will celebrate the release of It’s Never Enough with a performance at Holocene joined by the new local hip hop sensation AMANI and experimental electronic soul songstress Amenta Abioto. The night will also serve as a tour kickoff for Mordecai who are taking their show across the pond for a run through Europe.