KHRUANGBIN - CON TODO EL MUNDO: 8
Khruangbin has been putting out some excellent music over the past few years, like their 2015 release, The Universe Smiles Upon You, they astonished me with their vintage, minimal, and psychedelic sound. Based on that, I had extremely high standards for their newest release, Con Todo El Mundo. They did a good job of staying true to their sound with a relaxing vibe that is both gritty and soulful. The tracks are calm and laced with an afro-latin jazz-rock fusion sound, while also being perfectly suited for contemplative work. Track #10, Rules, is one of my favorite tracks of the 2018, a definite head nodder - with a grimy bass-line that leans forward over the well placed drum rhythm and guitar. However, through-out the record, the guitar sounds were a bit too intrusive for my taste, and it almost started sounding like Fish or some sort of jam-band at some points in the record. Overall, Khruangbin successfully created some good music, but I know many of us were hoping for more.