Filed under: Thailand
Thailand… I was pretty sure that all of the music that I thought I would have be interested in had pretty much been covered by the time Subliminal Sounds had issued their third Thai Beat A Go Go disc. I picked up some Johnny Guitar, Pocket Music / Son of P.M. and Sodsai Chaengkij records, and I figured I was done.
The first clue that I was wrong, was Sublime Frequencies‘ second volume of their Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan compilation. They had also released the first volume of their Thai Pop series around that time as well. Not too long after, I happen to stumble on Peter Doolan’s Monrakplengthai site. Not too much longer, as Angela Sawyer was writing her guest post on Luk Thung, ZudRangMa started their Thai Funk series… By then, it was crystal clear that I had only scratched the surface.
The music of Thailand is reflected its geographic position at the crossroads of China, India, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, as well as the country’s long history of trade with The West. Though Thailand was never colonized by colonial powers, pop music was imported from America and Europe, and pressed on local labels. This had a direct influence the indigenous music. Thailand is one of a handful of few countries where the electric guitar was integrated not only into the local popular music of the day, but regional forms of music – like Luk Thung and Molam – as well.
Suphap Daoduangden (สุภาพ ดาวดวงเด่น) was, and as far as I can tell, still is from the town of Selaphum in Roi-Et Province. She started singing Molam at the age of 15, and this may be her first album. But beyond that, I can not tell you anything more.
Thanks to Peter Doolan for the information and translation.
Release by Orient Records Ltd. Partnership of Thailand. No catalog number or release date listed.