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  • Audio CD (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B00J92CUF8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Soundway presents the The Sound of Siam 2 - Molam & Luk Thung Isan from North-East Thailand 1970 - 1982 features 19 tracks, many appearing outside of Thailand for the first time. Both CD and double LP & is accompanied with detailed liner notes written by compilers Chris Menist and Maft Sai. 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. One of the most popular compilations on Soundway Records the music even made it onto the big screen with 'Mae Jom Ka Lon' by Dao Bandon featured on the soundtrack of 'The Hangover Part II'. In an interview with LA Times Mick Jagger spoke of discovering the collection that "some nutter put together" after hearing the riff from Jumpin' Jack Flash on one of the tracks from the compilation. 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chefdave20032003 on 25 Jun. 2014
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I heard a track from this being played on Radio 6 and bought the CD. I was very impressed from the range of music from Northern Thailand, a place I have been too many times and love the culture and music.
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Lively Upcountry Thai Folk Music 25 Nov. 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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If you heard and enjoyed the first volume in this series, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be pleased with this one too. More lively vintage folk music --- genres known in Thailand as Molam (or Mor Lam) and Luk Thung ---from Thailand’s rural Northeast region, covering the period 1970-1982.

Once again, compilers Chris Menist and Maft Sai, along with Miles Cleret, have uncovered some real gems from the morlam and luk thung recordings that were made during this fertile period of Thai music. Although the songs are sung in Thai, often in the Northeastern Isaan dialect, listeners not familiar with the language will still find the music invigorating and fun to listen to.

In the intro to some of these songs, the female vocalists incorporate an extended “warble” (an Isaan yodel, perhaps?) that allows them “to flex their improvisational muscles”. Whatever this technique is called, it’s truly amazing to hear. Above all there is a playfulness and joy in this music that truly transcends any linguistic boundaries. In addition to the vocal tracks there are a handful of instrumentals on this collection, incredibly lively “lam plearn” numbers that will inspire some intense living room dancing. Really, I dare you to sit still while listening to this music!

Another unique factor in this type of music is the instruments that are used; creations such as the Sor (Saw), Khaen, and Phin. The two-stringed Sor has a sound not unlike that of a fiddle. In fact, on some of these tracks, I can close my eyes and imagine the fiddle player from Horslips, the great Irish folk-rock band, swaying onstage and playing to beat the band. A great sound!

The CD comes with a very informative 24-page booklet that includes an essay about this style of music by Chris Menist, and also a synopsis of each song, explaining the lyrical content (if any) and information about the recording artist. Another great package from Soundway Records.
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