This one is different but in a brilliant way. There have been many bands trying to bring the psychedelic-rock-funk sound back to the fore over the years to varying degrees of success.
Step forward Khruangbin, a three-piece band from Texas, formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums.
The trio takes influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai. Although the band predominantly records instrumental tracks, "Balls and Pins" along with recent single "White Gloves" feature vocals that introduce a new dimension to the band.
The trio creates music that's steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool.
“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.”
Khruangbin borrows from the past and conjures up a modern sound that doesn’t fall into one genre or style. Their music is unconventional but melodic enough that you’ll find yourself hooked in no time.
Listen above and look out for their debut album "The Universe Smiles Upon You" set for release on 6th November.