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The Universe Smiles Upon You

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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 recent single ‘White Gloves’ show a new dimension to the band.

Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Texas, formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk – their name literally translates to “Engine Fly” in Thai – Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Mr. White 04:58
  2. Two Fish and an Elephant 03:33
  3. Dern Kala 03:39
  4. Little Joe & Mary 05:08
  5. White Gloves 03:38
  6. People Everywhere (Still Alive) 02:39
  7. The Man Who Took My Sunglasses 02:13
  8. August Twelve 06:13
  9. Balls and Pins 03:28
  10. Zionsville 04:11
Release date Australia
December 11th, 2015
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Album Length (Minutes)
1:19:24
Label
Late Night Tales
Number of Discs
1
Original Release Year
2015
Box Dimensions (mm)
142x126x16
UPC
5060391090382
Product ID
24348363

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