Khruangbin & Leon Bridges Texas Moon 12" Vinyl EP
An extension of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges' chart-topping four-song Texas Sun journey, Texas Moon is an introspective stroll through the dark. "Without joy, there can be no real perspective on sorrow," says Khruangbin.
"Without sunlight, all this rain keeps things from growing. How can you have the sun without the moon?" Crediting their mutual home state for inspiration, Texas Moon pensively examines Texas' musical perception, while paying homage to the marriage of country and R&B that's become synonymous with the lone star state.
Propelled by rolling guitar licks, conga and bongo, lead single "B-Side" meditates on meeting in a dream and frolics across the nearing contemplative nighttime state with its longing's joy.
Elsewhere on Texas Moon, the artists channel a newly intimate musical scope that's illustrated most dramatically when the spacy sensuality of the minimalistic "Chocolate Hills" leads into the stark spirituality addressed on "Father Father," a reminder of both acts' gospel roots.
For Khruangbin, one song in particular was indicative of the trust that Bridges put in them. "The song ‘Doris' is about his grandmother making the transition from this world to the next realm," says Johnson. "It's a very somber, very deep record.
Upon its release, Texas Sun soared to the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Emerging Artists Chart along with landing the No. 1 on spot on "Americana/Folk Albums," No. 2 on "Vinyl Albums," No. 4 on "Top Rock Albums" and No. 6 on "Top R&B Albums." Significantly, both parties' musical directions were deeply affected by their time working together on Texas Sun.
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges Texas Moon Track Listing:
3. Chocolate Hills
4. Father Father