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Molam: Thai Country Vol.2 is a compilation album put together by the Seattle based record company Sublime Frequencies, it's the 2nd volume of music from Isan and my personal favourite. The discography of this record label has made it clear to me that I'm not particularly keen on Asian folk music and whilst I can tolerate some of the traditional instruments, the majority of the tracks I like from this part of the world are based on Western music.
The music on this album comes from the Northeast of Thailand in the Isan provinces, Molam is a traditional type of music that showcases the region's singers, the main difference on this album is that it was integrated with a bit of rock, the recordings mostly take place in the 70s and early 80s and for the first time ever the traditional type of music uses not only local instruments but also electric guitar.
It captures a small period in Molan music before electronic music came in to blend with it, it's not quite as cool as Khmer Rock or the Singaporean and Indonesian beat bands of the 60s but there are certainly recognisable rythms to the Western ear where as a lot of South East Asian folk music often sounds like cats fighting and someone hammering away at a garbage can to me, this is more appealing.
It's not an album, I'm likely to find myself playing over and over again - in fact I might not end up listening to it for quite some time and therefore I can't really give it more than 3 stars but it's certainly an interesting album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Beua Ai Laeo Bo [Are You Tired of Me Already?] - Thongmark Leacha
2 Hak Beb Nang Thai [I Love Thai Films] - Palatnoi Songsim
3 Lam Thuy Sao Jao Na [Rice Farm Girl] - Soonton Chairoogruen
4 Instrumental Lam Sing - Peter Kalasin
5 Look Sua Saoban [Community People, Let's Work Together] - Theppon Pedubon, Sodsri Promsakson
6 Nam Jai Fan [The Generosity of Our Fans] - Ka Kaw
7 Song Pee Nong Longkrong [Two Brothers Leave Town for Bangkok] - Doi Intanon And Group Suthep
8 Sorn Look Sao [Teaching the Daughter] - Thongmark Leacha
9 Soeng E-Mae Oi [Ladies, Let's Dance!] - Pairin Pongpiboon
10 Lam Plern Chawiwan - Chawiwan Damnoen
11 Tai Salub Prama [Finishing My Business in Burma] - Aungkana Kunchai
12 Sao Ta Kom [Lady with the Big Eyes] - Chai Mungpon
13 Lam Tung Wai Sohngpon Tahan [Farewell Wish for a Soldier] - Monruedee Phromchak
14 Poo Ying Lai Jai [Now She Loves Every Man Except Me] - Thongmark Leacha
15 Plob Jai Nale-Nar [Finding Your Heart in the Future] - Chabapai Narmwei
16 Ha Fan [She's Looking for a Boyfriend] - Junpen
17 Mob Natee Hai Luk Keuy [Give Responsibility to the Son-In-Law] - Soonton Chairoogruen,
18 Chun Cher [Convincing You to Believe] - P. Promdan
19 Raiteem Tarn [No One Can DeFeat] - Thong Thaithin Isan
20 Ja Leun Jai [Singing to Entertain the Ladies] - Pairin Pongpiboon
21 Ko Sao Tang Ngan [Asking for Her Hand in Marriage] - Onuma Singsiri