Universe Smiles Upon You, The (Reissue)
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Taking 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.
Although the band was conceived as an instrumental outfit, 'The Universe Smiles Upon You' features the first Khruangbin recordings with vocals. Tracks "People Everywhere (Still Alive)," "Balls And Pins" and "White Gloves" show a new dimension to the band.
The seeds of Khruangbin were sown when Mark and Laura were invited to tour with Ninja Tune's YPPAH supporting Bonobo across his 2010 American tour. The tour galvanised the two of them to start making music together more seriously, with DJ - he and Mark have played in the same gospel band for years - the natural choice for drums.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Label||Night Time Stories|
|Music Genre Primary||Alternative|
|Music Genre Secondary||World|
- 1. Mr White
- 2. Two Fish and an Elephant
- 3. Dern Kala
- 4. Little Joe & Mary
- 5. White Gloves
- 6. People Everywhere (Still Alive)
- 7. The Man Who Took My Sunglasses
- 8. August Twelve
- 9. Balls and Pins
- 10. Zionsville