Review: Khruangbin – A La Sala (Dead Oceans, 2024)

Posted on: April 16, 2024
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By Grace Lawrie //

Since 2015, Texas’ own Khruangbin has been delivering instrumental grooves evocative of far more reaching landscapes. Their latest album A La Sala is a mesmerizing journey that effortlessly blends their global influences. True to their signature style, the band seamlessly fuses elements of Thai funk, soul, psychedelia, and dub to create a sound that is both timeless and innovative. 

The band’s instrumental prowess is mind-bending. Laura Lee’s hypnotic bass lines lay the foundation for Mark Speer’s intricate guitar work and Donald Johnson Jr.’s groovy percussion. Each track unfolds like a vivid tapestry, weaving together intricate melodies and rhythms that guide the listener deeper into a sonic labyrinth. Standout tracks like “May Ninth” and “Pon Pón” showcase Khruangbin’s ability to craft irresistibly catchy hooks while maintaining a laid-back vibe that feels both soothing and energizing. 

A La Sala feels like a sleepier departure from the band’s releases of recent years. Overall it’s a much calmer, quieter groove yet still a captivating listen. Its dreamy atmospheres and infectious rhythms make it a perfect album to accompany a languid Texas summer morning spent sipping a good cup of coffee. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to Khruangbin’s music, A La Sala is sure to leave a lasting impression.

A LA SALA by Khruangbin