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Saw them live recently and was thoroughly impressed. Thai and Middle Eastern funk, gospel, Dilla, Isley Brothers, wigs. Killer band.

Yelploaf, Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:26 (two years ago) link

local public station plays them a lot, really dig it

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:37 (two years ago) link

on my pool playlist

Brad C., Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:41 (two years ago) link

My enthusiasm for them was met with derisive side eyes from 2 world music digger friends of mine. Hahaha, I'm so into vile metal and noise that when something outside that sphere catches me I always think it's huge. Maybe they are but it doesn't seem so. Maybe this lane's been traveled by Breakestra, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band etc. They seem like good people and are visually striking as a band.

Yelploaf, Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:51 (two years ago) link

i was dragged to gig of theirs more than a year ago, and suddenly they're pretty big! the recent show here sold out quick.

i like them

goole, Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:14 (two years ago) link

Like the record okay, was intrigued enough to start this video of a Boiler Room gig, and found myself entranced for an hour and totally sold on them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgWnrIC8X-k

Wish that live intensity made it to the LP more. I like how dude has found a new angle for stratocaster heroics. In this sense, they've got something similar to Here Lies Man and Sonido Gallo Negro, bringing aspects of zippos-raised-rawk into unlikely rhythmic places.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:04 (two years ago) link

this band is what my days off sound like

baked in a wod-fired overn (jdchurchill), Friday, 11 May 2018 04:14 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

i dig them

marcos, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:32 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

NPR has a nice live set from Newport Folk Festival:

https://www.npr.org/event/music/630604090/khruangbin-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2018

Brad C., Sunday, 12 August 2018 14:06 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

i’m digging their set on NTS! they know their shit

marcos, Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:38 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

digging Hasta El Cielo a lot. I dunno about all the other stuff in the OP, this record seems like a straight dub pastiche (complete w/bonus Scientist remixes)

anybody wanna clue me in on how their name is pronounced?

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:18 (eight months ago) link

Hasta El Cielo is literally a dub remix of last year's Con Todo El Mundo

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:24 (eight months ago) link

haha well that explains it

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:29 (eight months ago) link

Crung-bin?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyWhFB9ijzA

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:11 (eight months ago) link

hard left crypto-Brexiteer Jeremy Khruangbin

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:44 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

New EP with Leon Bridges is very nice. It's probably a really obvious thing to say that being a backing band suits them, but I'm gonna say it anyway.

Jeff W, Saturday, 8 February 2020 19:30 (five months ago) link

Track from it came up on an apple music Playlist (Vol de Nuit) like 5 minutes after I read your post. Pretty nice.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 9 February 2020 04:44 (five months ago) link

Very nice vs pretty nice lol

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 9 February 2020 04:45 (five months ago) link

The new EP is grebt (and uh surprisingly sexy? Lol.) Sometimes I forget they're a Houston band, my brain wants to place them somewhere in the deserts of the American SW, but it all makes sense when I hear these songs. I can't wait for warm weather so I can cruise around listening with my windows down as God intended

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Sunday, 9 February 2020 13:58 (five months ago) link

"texas sun" is great. it brought to mind a replacements song i couldn't place because i haven't listened in years. turns out it's reminding me of "sixteen blue."

andrew m., Monday, 10 February 2020 15:17 (five months ago) link

gah new ep is a SNOOOOOOZE

sean gramophone, Monday, 10 February 2020 15:36 (five months ago) link

isn't that kind of their thing?

seandalai, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 01:17 (five months ago) link

Yeah I couldn't listen to their full albums (heck, usually was bored before each song ended) cause found it too boring in big dose without vocals so as Jeff said they really benefit from a singer's contributions

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 02:05 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

New album, ‘Morfechai’ on Friday. The 3 songs released to streaming so far all have vocals - apparently it’s the trio themselves singing. Sounding very promising.

Nice feature here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/arts/music/khruangbin-mordechai.html

Jeff W, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:03 (three weeks ago) link

*Mordechai

Jeff W, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:05 (three weeks ago) link

I wasn't particularly looking for more vocals with my Khruangbin, but these do sound good!

cooldix, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 05:41 (three weeks ago) link

Hm, I hadn't heard any of the new songs, was waiting to hear the whole thing, but I'm really disappointed to hear they have so many vocals. Didn't really get into that Leon Bridges EP and that sounds like them leaning into a direction I really don't want to hear them go.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 14:10 (three weeks ago) link

feel the opposite. was getting bored by just instrumentals, couldn't hold my attention for whole album of that.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:19 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah I'm interested in hearing them with vox. Their music so far is pleasant but not that compelling for me.

chap, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

Maybe I'm just bummed about how boring I thought the Leon Bridges thing was and I'm putting too much weight on that, hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 18:00 (three weeks ago) link

yeah, I really like this band and root for them but these vocals are not compelling and frankly the sheer fact of having vocals just changes the music, I think you have to write and arrange in fundamentally different ways, so it's like they lost what they had but didn't gain anything

Agree. I'm gonna give the record another chance but literally nothing grabbed my attention. It's all "pleasant". You can be chill n moody while still being engaging, but this isn't it.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 26 June 2020 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

it's all so soo *yawns*

rizzx, Monday, 29 June 2020 09:59 (two weeks ago) link

the one track they've been playing on the radio has very similar vocals to the previous stuff i've heard, ie low in mix, not really full sentences. i guess the lp has them more to the fore?

koogs, Monday, 29 June 2020 10:30 (two weeks ago) link

with their instrumental work, khruangbin had achieved something distinct and special and genuinely dub-adjacent: the sense of a music that is chill and pleasant but also sustaining, undergirded somehow. and then the new one just feels like background snooze.

sean gramophone, Monday, 29 June 2020 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

yes, they seemed to have lost something special that was hard to define

but more and more I'm just coming around to the thinking that 90% of good bands/artist are only going to make 2 or 3 really essential albums. Especially ones that operate in a pretty narrow musical space, which is fine. You either keep doing the same thing to lesser effect, or try to change and it loses what you had.

that's not even a criticism just a reality. Even with all time great bands, like the Ramones definitely have some cool stuff in their later catalog (I'm a big End of the Century guy) but at the same time if someone only engaged with the first three albums are they really missing out? I don't know

good post

sean gramophone, Monday, 29 June 2020 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

I think of five great albums as the threshold for crazy accomplishment. Most bands that have done that had some hot streak where they drop two or three great records in a row in 18 months. Very few bands get to work that way anymore.

I find all the Krungbin records a snooze and all the concert videos I've watched amazing. Seeing how they make these zoned-out sunset dreamscapes with a power trio lineup is integral component to their effect. That said, the algorithms now feed me stuff like the KEXP performance of Yin Yin which is totally adjacent yet utterly awful. So comically awful I'm sure the recommendations will only get worse, because I had to watch the whole thing.

But this whole noovoux-exotica-crossover-jamz idea is so fraught to begin with! It can only lead to misfires. Khruangbin seem to be unusually graceful.

Like there's a great psych cumbia band, Frente Cumbiero, that did this record with Mad Professor that's got some of the best left-field dub I've encountered, but is marred by Brian-Wilson-level rapping. The first salvo of their Cumbia/Japanese trad crossover is a gem, but this idea could swerve into the ditch pretty quickly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy6No4Xuq_E

One thing that I do feel like is happening is that "psych" music is becoming something completely free-standing from it's rock roots, kinda like what happened to metal 20 years ago.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Monday, 29 June 2020 20:54 (two weeks ago) link


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