V.A. - THE SOUND OF SIAM VOLUME 2 - MOAM & LUK THUNG ISAN FROM NORTH-EAST THAILAND 1970-1982 (2LP)


"Soundway's second foray into South East Asia is focused on North-East Thailand, the epicentre of Molam and Luk Thung Isan music. Hypnotic phin & khaen riffs, pulsing, electrified country rhythms and heartfelt vocals punctuate another journey into the lesser known reaches of 1970s Thai music. The first volume of The Sound of Siam, released in 2011, was the first introduction for many to the artistry and innovations of modern Thai music. In this second volume of The Sound of Siam the focus is firmly on the music the sounds of north-east Thailand, or Isan and attempts to show how a genre evolved and developed from essentially an acoustic tradition with specific geographic roots, to one that started to incorporate other instruments and influences that reached out to the Isan diaspora around the country. The term molam is actually two separate words pushed together: Mo meaning 'expert' or 'doctor' and lam meaning 'to sing'. Hence the literal translation means 'singing expert'. Many molam records have extended intros that allow a vocalist to establish the theme of the song, as well as flex their improvisational muscles. Luk thung (literally 'song of the countryside')is a much broader, rural style that had a bigger impact nationally. Artists like Saksiam Petchompu began fusing this style with molam, a move which propelled him to national fame. You can hear the influence of western funk, as well as Thai arrangements, on the luk thung Isan (as the hybrid became known) smash Jeb Jin Jeb Jai included here." (label info) 180gram vinyl, with linernotes and download code. also available on CD
in stock | FR| 2014| SOUNDWAY | 23.90


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