Exclusive Track Premiere: ‘Irrational Friend,’ Mourn

Published May 22, 2016

In 2014, Catalonia-based band Mourn released their self-titled debut album, which feverishly clocks in at a total of only 24 minutes. “We weren’t thinking about writing an album. It was making songs to have fun and then one day we recorded them,” frontwoman Jazz Rodríguez Bueno explains. Of Mourn’s forthcoming sophomore album Ha, Ha, He, however, she says: “This time we were conscious about it, we wanted to make an album. We learned a lot the two years we’ve been together so we’ve grown up a bit and so has our music.”

Created by Rodríguez Bueno, alongside her sister Leia, Carla Pérez Vas, and Antonio Postius Echeverría, Ha, Ha, He captures the convergence of naiveté and experience, delicately toeing the line between teenage years and adulthood. “The album is like a diary, more or less, of things that happened in 2015,” Rodríguez Bueno continues. For example, the penultimate track “Irrational Friend,” which is premiering below, was inspired by the end of a friendship founded solely upon humor, laughing, and having fun. Shouting to the point of near breathlessness, Rodríguez Bueno sings, “You claimed so loud, after such a laughter / You claimed so loud, I want to end the chapter,” while the song ends with the band laughing.

Taken from the poem “The Laughing Song” by William Blake, the album’s name echoes the poem’s chorus: “Ha, ha, he.” Rodríguez Bueno’s father recommended the book and “The Laughing Song” resonated. “We were in a situation where we were kind of innocent…We were in a bit of trouble and I think we needed something to keep us doing things,” she explains. “It’s a poem of hope for me.”

HA, HA, HE WILL BE RELEASED JUNE 3 VIA CAPTURED TRACKS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT MOURN’S FACEBOOK.