Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
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Texan trio Khruangbin named themselves after the Thai word for airplane, which couldn't be more appropriate for a band whose influences imply heavy passport usage.
Comprising Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald 'DJ' Johnson on drums, Khruangbin's draws from the bass pressure of vintage dub reggae, the free-spirited haziness of California psychedelia, and the gritty passion of '70s soul, with hints of Iranian pop, Afrobeat, Spaghetti Western film scores, and countless other styles. While this sounds like it could be an impossibly tall order, or something that requires an encyclopedic knowledge of music just to listen to, the band achieve a remarkably, almost effortlessly cohesive sound, and it goes down much more smoothly than one might expect.
Their 2015 debut album The Universe Smiles Upon You was heavily influenced by '60s and '70s Thai cassettes the band listened to on their long car journeys to rehearsal in the Texan countryside. Con Todo El Mundo takes inspiration not just from South East Asia but similarly under-discovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran. Highlights include "Evan Finds a Third Room" and "Maria Tambien".
Heavyweight vinyl produced by Dead Oceans. Includes download card.