Wednesday, May 28, 2014

snaeh chlong veha / rak kham khop fa

this week's post comes courtesy of the wonderful folks at the cambodian vintage music archive! they collect & share songs from the "golden era" of khmer popular music (1950s-1970s), across a number of online platforms.. follow their facebook page for all their latest uploads

artist(s): ឌី សាវ៉េត & ស៊ីន ស៊ីសាមុត (dy saveth & sinn sisamouth)
album: ស្នេហ៍ឆ្លងវេហាស៍ / รักข้ามขอบฟ้า (snaeh chlong veha / rak kham khop fa)
01. ស្នេហ៍ឆ្លងវេហាស៍ (snaeh chlong veha)
02. รักข้ามขอบฟ้า (rak kham khop fa)

today's post highlights a rare & beautiful collaboration; the 1971 khmer-thai film snaeh chlong vaeha / rak kham khop fa. directed by thai national artist s. asanachinda for asia films, it starred sombat methani & aranya namwong of thailand with their cambodian counterparts chea yuthon & dy saveth in a tale of star-cross'd lovers. the soundtrack, although bilingual, was sung entirely by cambodian singers; leading lady dy saveth took a turn on vocals, as well as legendary stars sinn sisamouth & ros sereysothea. this 45 features the former two in a duet over the title theme, first in khmer then in thai.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

num phuthai: tam nan phin amata, vol. 5

artist: หนุ่ม ภูไท (num phuthai)
album: ตำนานพิณอมตะ 5 บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 1 (tam nan phin amata, vol. 5; bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan)
01. บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 1 (bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan, pt. 1)
02. บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 2 (bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan, pt. 2)

the rocket festivals are on in northeast thailand & laos! annual merit-making events on the cusp of monsoon season, bun bang fai most typically involve launching massive pvc pipes loaded with gunpowder into the sky, with judges awarding points based on distance and vapour trails. music & dancing are of course integral to the celebrations, and to this effect we have today's tape from phin maestro a. num phuthai. 2 cassette sides worth of non-stop (brek taek or "brake failure") jamming, with characteristic rocket sound effects for added atmosphere. enjoy!