The Uni­verse Smiles Upon You

Guitarist - - Feature -

Here’s some­thing re­ally beau­ti­ful that might well be a fu­ture clas­sic. Khru­ang­bin are a Texan three-piece who draw on ev­ery­thing from world mu­sic to Hank Marvin to de­liver a taut and im­pec­ca­bly taste­ful al­bum of in­stru­men­tals, which, at times, re­calls the at­mo­spheric beauty of Fleet­wood Mac’s Al­ba­tross and, at oth­ers, the soul-sat­is­fy­ing grooves of Al Green. Gui­tarist Mark Speer cer­tainly knows how to weave his myr­iad in­flu­ences to­gether in such a way as you’re not sure if you’re hear­ing Mid­dleEastern melodies or pri­mal blues, while bassist Laura Lee is one of the most in-the-pocket play­ers we’ve heard. Stand­out track: A Calf Born In Win­ter Tech­nique take-home: Lis­ten out­side of Western gui­tar mu­sic for raw in­spi­ra­tion

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