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Released: 05.04.24








Although notably more subdued than its predecessors, Khruangbin‘s fourth LP – their first in almost five years – still packs a breezily infectious wallop. Conjuring the mildly stoned haze of languid summer days, A La Sala serves up a vibrant yet mellow cocktail of mesmeric polyrhythms, bolstered by swirling guitars and cascading drum breaks. Expressive without labouring the point, each track unfolds like a controlled freefall into cathartic resonance.

With its subtly groovy percussion, album opener Fifteen Fifty-Three first percolates gently then erupts into a swoosh of tempered euphoria, only to dissolve into the winsome warmth of May Ninth’s Americana-flecked lilt. Elsewhere, the Wu Tang-esque Ada Jean sways with the melancholic grace of a wilting flower, its delicate licks heightened by a moody ambient backbeat, whilst Three From Two’s dreamlike leitmotif is at once both achingly heartfelt and coolly enigmatic.

While it doesn’t exactly break any new ground for the Texas three-piece, taken as a whole, this record is nothing short of exquisite – a sonic confluence of deftly curated influences that’s as specific as it is esoteric. Get amongst it.


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