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Khruangbin – Two Fish and an Elephant

Khruangbin – Two Fish and an Elephant

Taken from Khruangbin’s debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’. Set for release on 6th November, order now at:
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influence from 1960’s Thai funk – their name literally translates to
“Engine Fly” in Thai – Khruangbin’s debut album ‘The Universe Smiles
Upon You’ is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their
inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. The Texan trio is
formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ”
Johnson on drums.
‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was recorded at
their spiritual home, a remote barn deep in the Texas countryside where
their first rehearsals took place. The band listened to a lot of
different types of music on the long drives out to the country but their
favourites were 60s and 70s Thai cassettes gleaned from the cult
Monrakplengthai blog and compilations of southeast Asian pop, rock and
funk. This had a heavy impact on the direction of the band, the scales
they used and the inflection of the melodies; which coupled with the
spaciousness of the Texan countryside culminated in Khruangbin forming
their exotic, individual sound.
“We feel like there is an ease
that comes from being immersed in a space, away from the distractions of
the city and everyday life. We make our music in a barn, in the Texas
hill country, because it makes sense to us. Being there allows us to
make music that comes naturally, and that’s what we wanted this album to
be. We wanted to make a record that just let the music happen, and we
hope that’s what you can hear.”


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