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Alternative & Indie - Released June 26, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Still on the Dead Oceans label, Khruangbin releases Mordechai, which is set to become one of the flagship albums of 2020. Khruangbin (pronounced "Kroongbin", which means "plane" in Thai and which they chose simply by saying “why does it matter, nobody’s going to care”) is a wig-wearing Texan trio with Laura Lee on vocals and bass, the central element of their music. The two other members, Mark Speer and Donald Johnson, met in Houston in a Methodist church where the former played guitar while the latter played the organ. A fascination for the Middle East led them to Laura and after a tour where Speer and Lee opened for Bonobo, the three decided to jam in a barn in Burton, a small town of 300. There, the insatiable diggers recorded the extraordinary album The Universe Smile Upon You, which drew on 60s Thai funk with long psychedelic instrumentals, then Con Todo El Mondo with its Caribbean sounds and Middle Eastern harmonies. On closer inspection, their name seems appropriate, as Khruangbin flies from one place to another at a confounding speed. For the third album, the trio goes full throttle. Less hypnotic than the first, less eclectic than the second but still as deep in sound research. Mordechai gives pride of place to its singer whose muffled voice reverberates over the ten tracks. From the Spanish Pelota and its rumba scents and the pop-funk of Time (You And I) to the jazz-dub of One to Remember, from Africa to Korea via Pakistan. It would be futile to label the musical richness of the opus. Sculpted by bass, nourished by sounds from all over the world, the atmosphere reigns supreme; primordial and always soaring. Mordechai is, for Khruangbin, “a celebration of Houston, the eclectic city that had nurtured us, and a cultural nexus where you can check out country and zydeco, trap rap, or avant-garde opera on any given night.” © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 7, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Defying easy definitions, Houston's Khruangbin (Thai for "airplane," or more literally, "engine fly") soar through influences as diverse as Thai pop, Morricone westerns, dub reggae and surf guitar with a constant undercurrent of 70s American soul. The result is an original hybrid awash in cutting edge psychedelia and atmospheric in the extreme—otherworldly instrumental "world" music expertly alloyed by the considerable talents of Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar) and Donald "DJ" Johnson (drums). Their artistry lies in being an incredibly tight band making music that sounds loose and jammy. And until now, the only voices heard on their records were repeated individual words, random conversational snippets and Lee’s soaring wordless vocals. Enter fellow Texan Leon Bridges, the guitarist and retro soul singer who shares Khruangbin's defining impulse to seek new horizons. Bridges’ well-recorded, confident vocals are front and center in a broad and detailed sonic image, adding welcome new energy to the band’s usual chill moodiness. The closing refrains of the ballad "Conversion" has more than a whiff of Stevie Wonder and he lays his smooth vocals over a repeated, gentle guitar figure on "Midnight." A heavier, more full steam groove powers the EP's standout track, "C-Side," where Johnson’s synthesizer provides body and Chase Jordan's vibes add a piquant touch. This is a low key but promising collaboration that begs the question, why just an EP? © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2015 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 4, 2020 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 6, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 16, 2018 | Dead Oceans - Night Time Stories

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 17, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2014 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Electronic - Released October 28, 2020 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 28, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 26, 2014 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 28, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 24, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2017 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 4, 2015 | Late Night Tales

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 13, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 12, 2019 | Dead Oceans

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Don’t be afraid if your windows are shaking: That’s just Khruangbin and the dub version of their second studio album Con Todo El Mundo. On the menu: Bass, bass, and more bass. Laura Lee and her 4 strings were already a formidable presence on the 2018 release, here she comes to test the limits on the most powerful subwoofers in the world. It’s not the first time the Texan trio have tried such an exercise: in 2016, they’d revisited People Everywhere in a similar style, then handed the steering wheel to dub artist Vuelo, with great beach-party-esque results. The mix of thaï funk, Iranian harmony and hip-hop rhythms on Hasta El Cielo might see your neighbours knocking on your door – only to ask who the geniuses behind that mystical groove could possibly be, of course. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 4, 2020 | Late Night Tales