Monday, April 02, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 4/2/07

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V/A: The Thai Record LP (Mississippi) - The mysterious bootleggers from the Mississippi label (who apparently were also responsible for the African folk collection "Love Is Love") return with another interesting dose of western-influenced indigenous folk music (if that's not an oxymoron!), this time from Thailand. With nondescript, paste-on cover art and absolutely no information provided about who, when, or where any of this material was recorded, this LP has simply come to be known as "The Thai Record" or, alternately in some circles, "The Thai Orchestra". Although there's really no way to be certain if this is a compilation of one person/group's work or a collection of tracks from a variety of performers, I've arbitrarily decided to file it, for better or worse, as if it is a collection of material from "Various Artists". Well enough of the fuzzy, at best, attempts at record keeping on my part, on to the music. This album contains six tracks of incredible music which seamlessly blends the song structures and instrumentation (khaen, phin, and lots of indigenous percussion!) of traditional Thai folk music with the instruments and elements of modern western musical forms to create a unique and hypnotic sound. If you’ve enjoyed previous compilations of music from Thailand on labels such as Sublime Frequencies or the Nonesuch label’s much earlier “Explorer” series (in fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that some of the tracks on this LP had already been reissued on some previous compilation, as some of them sounded very familar to me!), then “The Thai Record” is an essential release to add to your collection. Outstanding!

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Running Count For The Year

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