Houston-based, hypnotic groove trio, Khruangbin, will make their debut performance at KettleHouse Amphitheater on July 12, 2022 with support from Canadian dream pop band Men I Trust.
Ask four fans what genre Khruangbin is and you’ll get four different answers. The trio’s music bounds from psychedelic and surf rock to dub, soul and funk. One thing most would agree on — it’s world music — with influences from the Middle East, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the list goes on. Actually, the name Khruangbin is Thai for airplane.
Khruangbin is comprised of Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson (drums). Their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, came out in 2015 and shortly after, The Guardian dubbed them the “New Band of the Week.” Their second album, Con Todo el Mundo, was released in 2018 and received widespread acclaim from critics. Clash rated the album 9/10 saying, “The open-armed Texans once again produce a cocktail of music meant for all humanity…” while Pitchfork wrote “Con Todo el Mundo crafts a unique, psychedelic vibe that hangs between continents and eras.”
Their third and most recent studio record, Mordechai, dropped in 2020 and was the band’s first album to prominently feature vocals from each member. NME gave the album an impressive 5 out of 5 stars, noting, “The band artfully showcase their musical knowledge to create a project which marks a clear distinction for the largely instrumental band.”
Earlier in 2020, Khruangbin also teamed up with tour mate and fellow Texan, Leon Bridges, for their EP, “Texas Sun.” They’re gearing up for another EP collaboration, “Texas Moon,” due out February 18, 2022.
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Khruangbin has always been multilingual, weaving far-flung musical languages like East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into mellifluous harmony. But on its third album, it’s finally speaking out loud. Mordechai features vocals prominently on nearly every song, a first for the mostly instrumental band. It’s a shift that rewards the risk, reorienting Khruangbin’s transportive sound toward a new sense of emotional directness, without losing the spirit of nomadic wandering that’s always defined it. And it all started with them coming home.
By the summer of 2019, the Houston group—bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, drummer DJ Johnson—had been on tour for nearly three-and-a-half years, playing to audiences across North and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia behind its acclaimed albums The Universe Smiles Upon You and Con Todo El Mundo. They returned to their farmhouse studio in Burton, Texas, ready to begin work on their third album. But they were also determined to slow down, to take their time, and luxuriate in building something together. Continue reading…