TO FLIP the orbs from the bright orange to the white, and after that impossibly catchy previous A in particular, “Texas Sun”, Khruangbin are once again joining forces with Leon Bridges for an EP outing; this time entitled Texas Moon, out on February 18th.
And after the bright sunbliss of that quartet of songs that together made up Texas Sun, Texas Moon is wholly intended as an introspective stroll through the dark.
“Without joy, there can be no real perspective on sorrow,” say Khruangbin. “Without sunlight, all this rain keeps things from growing. How can you have the sun without the moon?”
And if, after the mere notion of a new EP from the artists wasn’t enough to get you roaming for a pre-order (you’ll find some details down at the end, by the way), they’ve dropped a video for “B-Side,” which presents as a wandering Western shot in the J. Lorraine Ghost Town, starring all four musicians. We’ve got that here for you.
Their mutual home state providing the inspiration, Texas Moon explores the Lone Star State’s marriages of R’n’B, garage punk, and country, and of course adds a little extra spice. “B Side” has that Khruangin ease with handling several musical strands at once and them getting along just fine. it’s dubby, it’s disco, it’s pop of their trademark exotic kind, begs you to close your yes and move those hips.
Elsewhere you’ll delight in the the spacy sensuality of “Chocolate Hills”; the stark gospel of “Father Father,” and then there’s “Doris”, a song about Leon’s gran departing this world for the next life.
“The song ‘Doris’ is about his grandmother making the transition from this world to the next realm,” says Khruangbin drummer Donald Johnson. “It’s a very sombre, very deep record.
“And when someone places that kind of work into your hands, the last thing you want to do is junk it up, overproduce it, or do too much. We treated it with the respect it deserved, and treated Doris with the respect she deserves.”
“It’s like a short story,” continues singer Laura Lee. “And it leaves room to continue having these stories together. It’s not Khruangbin, it’s not Leon, it’s this world we created together.”
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges’ Texas Moon will be released by Dead Oceans Stateside and Night Time Stories in the UK on February 18th digitally, on midnight blue cassette and on trad black and limited ‘lunar fog’ vinyl; order your copy here.
Connect with Khruangbin elsewhere on the web at their official website and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Bandcamp; and Leon Bridges at his official website and those same socials here, here and here respectively.