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Khruangbin’s latest album, “A La Sala,” presents a return to their roots, marking a departure from the more radio-friendly pop sound of their previous album, “Mordechai.” This record is a testament to the trio’s commitment to their signature style, offering a blend of simmering, low-key rhythms and minimal vocals that epitomize their musical essence.

On their third album, the Houston trio continues to blur musical boundaries, seamlessly melding regional styles from Spain to Thailand to Mali into a cohesive groove.

The trio’s musicianship remains as tight as ever, with bassist Laura Lee Ochoa, guitarist Mark Speer, and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson forming the backbone of each track. Their expertise in creating airy, spacious grooves is evident throughout the album, offering a comforting and enticing listening experience.

While “A La Sala” may lack the memorable hooks of “Mordechai,” it still offers plenty of enjoyment. Tracks like “May Ninth” exude a gentle, hopeful vibe, while “Pon Pón” revisits the group’s disco influences with tasteful guitar licks and multilingual whispers. “Hold Me Up (Thank You)” stands out as a funky highlight, with rippling guitars and affectionate lyrics celebrating loved ones.

With “A La Sala,” Khruangbin invites listeners to immerse themselves in their refined yet understated sound. While it may not push the envelope like “Mordechai,” the album is a worthwhile addition to the band’s discography, showcasing their stripped-down approach and reaffirming their status as masters of atmospheric grooves.