December 12, 2020

Khruangbin "Christmas Time Is Here"

I've loved this song since Khruangbin released the 7", but honestly, I wasn't in the Christmas spirit just yet. The tree is up, gifts have been purchased and now I'm ready to share what I consider to be one of the best remakes of what was already my favorite Christmas song, Vince Guaraldi’s timeless “Christmas Time Is Here.” The Houston trio of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar and Donald Ray Johnson on drums blends their numerous influences into something completely fresh and new. Let them tell it, they share, "Growing up the three of us all had very different Christmases,” says bassist Laura Lee. “But we recently discovered we all had the exact same favorite Christmas song. When we realized it, we sat down to play it and it came together instantly. In 15 minutes we had this recorded. It was like the best Christmas present ever.” With ambling sweetness and a fresh, beat-driven groove, Khruangbin have taken this oft-covered classic and made it wholly their own. Enjoy the song below and dig into the archives for more amazing music!