The tale of Khruangbin is quite interesting. Basically, they’re an instrumental trio from Houston, Texas who’s heavily influenced by Thai funk, rock and soul from the 1960-70’s. Take a second to absorb that. That alone will spark enough curiosity to give Khruangbin a listen, however one play isn’t enough.

Bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, and drummer Donald Johnson started Khruangbin only a couple of years ago. Khruangbin means “airplane”, or literally “engine fly” in Thai, and the band’s name pays homage to its members’ love for old school Thai funk, as well as other international influences.

Khruangbin recorded their debut album The Universe Smiles Upon You in their spiritual home, a barn deep in the middle of the Texas countryside (Burton, Texas to be exact). Whatever vibes were conjured up in that barn produced music that is infectiously soulful and dreamy. I stumbled upon one of Khruangbin’s songs, “White Gloves” while browsing SoundCloud a couple of weeks ago, and the its relaxing guitar riffs instantly caught me in a trance. I can’t help but feel at ease while listening to “White Gloves”, as it made me wish I were on a beach in SoCal. After listening to more songs off The Universe Smiles Upon You, I grew very fond of the Khruangbin’s music, as its groovy instrumentals and minimalistic style are a good soundtrack to my daily life.



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Rex Pham

Originally from the Bay Area, who then moved to Los Angeles, then out to New York City. NYU Stern MBA c/o 2014. Inspired by the grind of NYC to create something that has value. Lover of all things digital, culture, and brand strategy.

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