Thai? Dai! The Heavier Side of the Luk Thung Underground
Various - Thai? Dai! The Heavier Side of the Luk Thung Underground
(CD/LP) Finders Keepers FKR044CD/LP, 2011-01-31
New 'Sounds Of Wonder' compendium featuring the heavier side of the Lukthung underground from Thailand's finest disfunctional outsiders. Proto punk-funk, warped cover versions and jaw dropping jams that belie belief! "Finders Keepers are pullin' out the purple olive" (Cut Chemist).
The styles featured on this compilation fall somewhere between Luk Thung ('song of the countryside') and Luk Krung ('song of the city'). Bangkok was a particular melting pot for the evolution of these two genres, the former alluding to musical themes and lyrics aimed at the wider national population, the latter looking westwards with a more urban 'sophisticated' audience in mind. The tracks here were experimentations or dice rolling by both little known groups, as well as established figures like Plearn Promdan. Some tracks might represent a specific artist's only foray into this musical area. Even within Thailand the majority of these tunes remain unissued, so it's with great pleasure that we present this glimpse of the strange underbelly of Thai Luk Thung in all its unique, original and outlandish glory - a small snapshot of an otherwise forgotten era.
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