Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll already be familiar with Rock trio Khruangbin. Founded in Houston, Texas in 2010 by bassist / vocalist Laura Lee (Ochoa), guitarist / vocalist Mark Speer, and drummer / vocalist Donald ‘DJ’ Johnson, Khruangbin is hard to classify. While some may file them under Alternative Rock, the group is much more than that. Blending Psychedelia, Surf Rock, Dub, Funk, and Experimental Rock, the trio transcends simple genres while on their way to creating something new and unique. By throwing out some of Rock’s most cliched formulas, the members of Khruangbin continue to take their music into new territories. Always moving forward, the Texas trio remain several steps ahead of most of their contemporaries.

Khruangbin made their recorded debut in 2014 with the release of the 7” single, “A Calf Born in Winter,” which was released the same year as their first EP, THE INFAMOUS BILL. The group released their debut album, THE UNIVERSE SMILES UPON YOU, in 2015, which was a critical success and brought them to the attention of a wider audience. Their second album, CON TODO EL MUNDO, was released in 2018 and made inroads in charts around the world. However, the group’s third full length, MORDECHAI (2020) was an international success, charting in the Top 10 Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, and Belgium. Before continuing work on their fourth album, the members of Khruangbin collaborated with Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka Touré) on the 2022 album ALI. All the while, the group’s fanbase continued to grow with each release and Khruangbin became one of the most popular Indie Rock bands of the 2010s and 2020s.

Two years after ALI but four years after the international success of MORDECHAI, Khruangbin return IN 2024 with their highly anticipated fourth album, A LA SALA. Recorded with longtime engineer Steve Christensen, this album features the three band members working together without any collaborators. The sounds on A LA SALA reveal that the dynamics of the trio have evolved while still retaining the core sound that has enchanted their fans for a decade. The album is deeper and more layered than their past work, but those layers only reveal themselves over repeated listenings. With influences ranging from ‘60s European soundtracks, ‘70s Dub, Jazz, and Post-Punk Funk, this is an album that needs to be listened to as a whole and not in little bits and pieces. With that being said, those little bits and pieces – including the singles “A Love International” and “Hold Me Up (Thank You)” – offer new listeners the perfect introduction to this wholly unique album.  If you are already a fan, this is worth the wait. If you are not yet a Khruangbin fan, give A LA SALA a spin and you soon will be.



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