Release Date: Feb 7, 2020
Record label: Dead Oceans
Genre(s): R&B, Neo-Psychedelia, Retro-Soul, Deep Funk Revival
The retro cover art of the Texas Sun EP bears more than a little resemblance to The Velvet Underground's Loaded. And with Fort Worth's Leon Bridges on board to cruise around with his south Texas instrumental compadres Khruangbin, it's certainly a trippy little spin. If not the New York City transit system, the highways and byways of the Lone Star state provide plenty of room to roam over the EP's four-song 20-minute course.
The pairing of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges is a fairly easy one to conceptualize. Take the clean aesthetic of Khruangbin's grooves and add the velvety crooning Bridges is known for. All hailing from Texas, this EP is presented as a distinct product of that region. However, what is absent is any of the up-tempo funk that both halves of this marriage have delivered before, as the pace maxes out at 94 bpm. But in this mid-tempo realm, they deliver heartfelt compositions that accurately reflect the strengths of all involved. Capturing the ….