Given their Washington, D.C., roots, it shouldn't be a surprise that hazy rockers Paperhaus have decided to make a record teeming with politics. What should also not be a surprise that the record, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask?, is incredibly good.

Officially releasing this Friday through the terrific Pittsburgh label Misra Records, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? is a dreamy, atmospheric record that invites you into its world with compelling compositions and thought-provoking narratives. Kicking off with the pulsing thump of 'Told You What To Say' -- a track frontman Alex Tebeleff says is "the key to unlocking the album" -- the record never relents in its sonic delights and intellectual cache. It truly is a record meant to be played in sequence, as Tebeleff suggested.

"'Told You What To Say" is a song that is a question to the listener," explains Tebeleff. "What would you do when faced in a formative and unavoidable way with something evil, authoritarian, and counter to your fundamental ethics, ideals or principals?"

Although the natural inclination is to suggest the record was inspired by the rise of U.S. President Donald Trump, Tebeleff says this is not quite the case.

"It’s not originally inspired by the recent rise of the Trump movement," he says. "The lyrics to the song were inspired by a trip to Colombia and learning about the history of the war there. It's also a reflection on my Jewish background and my life-long interest in the history of European fascism and its legacy in the world today, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Tebeleff does add, however, that some elements were"partially inspired by the emotionally toxic rallies during the presidential campaign."

Tracks like 'Go Cozy,' 'Nanana' and 'Serentine' all also stand out as the album weaves itself together beautifully. It is a dense collection of music, but Paperhaus has ensured that every minute you spend with Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? is time well spent.

You can stream Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? above and pre-order the record here.