Morning/Evening comprises two 20-minute tracks inspired by Hindu raga, partly written by Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) in tribute to his Indian maternal grandparents. He penned the record after listening to a loop from a 1980s Indian record of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar's voice for three days and imagined the whole album down to the last detail.
The record is an expression of Hebden's interest in spiritual music. He told Q magazine: "My wife says I'm always going on about being an atheist but I surround myself with religious art. I'm excited because the records are being made for a different purpose to communicate with God, not to get in the charts."
This features samples from Lata Mangeshkar's performance of "Main Teri Chhoti Behana Hoon," recorded for the 1983 Hindi-language movie Souten.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
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