From Hous­ton via Streatham, mix­ing Turk­ish, Thai and West Coast freak­outs, KHruangbin are the groovy in­stro-rock­ers blow­ing up across the globe. after all, when there are no words there are no bar­ri­ers. “We’ll let y’all do the talk­ing,” they tell MAT SNOW

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Three years ago, just after she turned 29, life took a strange turn for laura lee. “i felt lost,” she re­calls of twen­ties she’d spent drift­ing from an aca­demic art back­ground into mu­seum and gallery cu­ra­tor­ship to ac­tu­ally cre­at­ing art but, so far, to only patchy recog­ni­tion. love had made her take a de­tour, from her na­tive texas to the crammed and nar­row streets of south lon­don’s streatham hill, strug­gling at the wheel of her em­ployer’s range rover in the course of her du­ties as maths tu­tor to the four chil­dren of prop­erty makeover tele­vi­sion star sarah Beeny. it was a long way from the broad high­ways of hous­ton where she had left be­hind her band. though she con­tin­ued to com­mu­ni­cate via skype, it was an odd hia­tus. then, al­most im­me­di­ately after ar­riv­ing in lon­don, she de­tected a buzz build­ing about the band which, five years be­fore, she’d formed and named after the thai port­man­teau word เครอ่ื งบนิ , lit­er­ally “fly­ing en­gine”, mean­ing “aero­plane”: Khruangbin. in hous­ton, in 2010, they’d re­leased a self-ti­tled de­but eP, then noth­ing un­til the 2014 sin­gle a Calf Born in Win­ter, which Brighton dj-mu­si­cian Bonobo fea­tured on his Late Night Tales mix, lead­ing to a record deal. Khruangbin’s de­but al­bum The Uni­verse Smiles Upon You was re­leased in novem­ber 2015 while lee was in lon­don, and sud­denly the world wanted to know. or at least the uK did. Play­ing in Bris­tol, the band re­alised for the first time that an au­di­ence re­ally got what they were do­ing. then, ap­pear­ing on BBC ra­dio 4’s loose ends, they met fa­ther john Misty, who was so taken by them he booked them as sup­port on his spring 2016 uK tour. the fly­ing en­gine was tak­ing off. “and i do not feel lost in my life any more,” smiles laura lee. “i feel i’m ex­actly where i’m sup­posed to be.”

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