Sunday, 8 May 2016

19 NUM PHUTAI
(LAM PHLOEN TEK LUK THUNG)

Some people say "Never juge a book by it's cover", what about tapes? Quite often, thai tapes covers can be full of mystery (especially if you can't read what's on it), I had no clue about what I would get when I bough this tape almost 3 years ago, the seller who knew the kind of music I was looking for just said "this is Esan"...
Num Phutai in his studio
Let's have a look at the cover: A soundboard, some machines and a bunch of happy guys... After a closer look, you could regognize the unique smile of mister Num Phutai (on the left). Born In the province of Kalasin (where lives a large part of the Phu Tai community of Thailand), Num Phutai is  well known in the luk thung / molam scene since 40 years: Phin player (he also play guitar, khaen, accordion...), he gained a solid reputation in the 80's and 90's as a composer and producer (we'll ear more about this side of his career later as he his behind many very good tapes). Num Phutai also takes a serious part in the transmission of the Esan musical culture by teaching how to play phin to the younger generations (numerous books, and video methods are available). That's still very few information about what's inside this tape as Num Phutai solo career is quite eclectic...
Phin masters Num Phutai and Thongsai Thabthanon
What do we have here? 10 early "electronically assisted" instrumental loops of modernised phin/khaen "prayuk"lines borowed from luk thung and molam with some outerspace 80's synthetic feel. Electric phin with khaen and some subtle additional  instuments. Everything here melts in your ears brilliantly. One sure thing is that the central part of this recording is the production, the sound blending and a particular attention for the stereo rendering. Finally, the cover of this tape was kind of a good description of the music... Good job!

NUM PHUTAI
หนุ่ม ภูไท
LAM PHLOEN TEK LUK THUNG
ลำเพลินเธคลูกทุ่ง
01 ลำเพลินเธคลูกทุ่ง
02 จีบสาวแม่ฮ้าง
03 ขี้เมาเชิญม่วน
04 เดือนหงายม่ายสาว
05 เต้ยสะกิดสาว
06 สาวภูไทคิดฮอดบ้าน
07 ต่างหวายส่ายสะโพก
08 เซิ้งบั้งไฟขอฝน
09 ก่องข้าวน้อยออยสาว
10 สีทันดรสะออนสาว

 
NUM PHUTAI หนุ่ม ภูไท

2 comments:

Patrick Ran said...

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SAOBAO ESAN said...

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