1. Thai? Dai!
This year marks the 10th anniversary since the birth of Finders Keepers, the British dream team of sonic archaeologists who resurfaced the forgotten, or never before discovered jams of the Outernational space - and not only. Their contribution to music collectors’ archives, enthusiasts and musicians needs no introduction.
We selected 10 albums that are essential for us, some milestones that only scratch the surface of what Finders Keepers has released in the past 10 years. Tune in.
Thai? Dai! The Heavier Side Of The Luk Thung Underground
Dreaming of Thai-lands but nostalgic bout surf rock & roll? No worries, you will find both of that, plus some brain melting psychedelia in this brilliant release. Although the luk-thung (most popular form of music style in Thailand/ means ”children of the fields”) is often compared with the country music of the United States, this compilation breathes its sincere desire to experiment and repackage local sounds blended with western imports.
The exposure to western and other foreign records being played on the radio created a real interest in little known groups as well as more established figures, like Pearn Promdan, that transposed their jams and songs onto drums, electric bass (and boy is it electric!), guitar and keyboards, keeping the local feeling intact, with a ‘fear and loathing in Bangkok’ type of attitude.
Ear candy track: Sroeng Santi’s reinterpretation of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” - Kuen Kuen Lueng Lueng