If you like the idea of soundtrack music that might not sound out of place in a Tarantino film, some wistful soul and slow-motion funkadelics with an exotic ambience that offers flavours from countries as far-flung as Iran and Thailand, then you need some Khruangbin in your life.
Khruangbin is a psychedelic trio originating from Texas but currently residing in Los Angeles where the sun always shines and the musical possibilities are endless like the blue sky.
Their name means ‘aeroplane’ in Thai (symbolising the international set of influences that shaped the music, says the band). When they first got started back in the mid-noughties, they found inspiration in Thai funk sounds and styles of the 60s/70s cassettes they discovered on the cult Monrak Pleng Thai blog.
Their debut 2015 album The Universe Smiles Upon You was followed up by the critically acclaimed second album Con Todo El Mundo (translates to ‘with the whole world’ – fitting title, eh?), released in 2018. The album has been supported by a pretty much sold-out world tour. They are a popular bunch and you certainly understand why!
Made up of Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar) and Donald ‘DJ’ Johnson (drums), the band are simultaneously tight and laid-back. At the core, Khruangbin is a band who loves to jam, full of endless grooves and hypnotic soundscapes that are instantly gratifying upon first and umpteenth listen. It’s so good they don’t even need words to accompany the melodies.
Come get lost on a trip inside Khruangbin’s fertile, psychedelic world when they play Roskilde Festival 2019.
In the meantime, you can check out their radio station called AirKhruang. Choose your own “flight” and start your journey.