It all began when someone posted a clip of this band on youtube with the caption “MINDBLOWING PSYCHEDELIA FROM THAILAND”. What could be seen was a group of musicians who lived in a remote village hundreds of miles away from Bangkok playing some heavy, heavy psych. This led to American producer Josh Marcy contacting the band with a view to producing them. This is the result.
The membership of the band and spans several generations, from high school kids to men well into their 60s and is always fluctuating and changing. Its going to be nothing less than interesting, this one.
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Another album that left me a little speechless in recent weeks was this thing by Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band. On the ever-eclectic and tasteful Innovative Leisure label, this album recorded by LA native Josh Marcy of an all-ages shifting collective from the wilds of Thailand is just the ticket for a Friday lunchtime. Or any time. Essentially a live recording of this rustic tribal psychedelic folk troupe with the most prominent instrument fed through a cheap effects pedal and amp, this album just rocks it big time. I think we've just found our Thai counterpart to Konono No. 1?
Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band are a revelation with their scintilating take on organic percussive funk with this ever-spiralling and joyous Eastern sound emanating from the eponymous Phin (a Thai version of the lute). The songs manically dance around in your skull long after the album has finished. It's quite the most spellbinding, natural and celebratory music I've heard so far this year. The minimal ingredients are so perfectly entwined and the end result is actually just as psychedelic as the press releases have proclaimed. Genuinely beautiful stuff. Great article here which gives you more to-the-point information than I care to muster. The tunes simply speak for themselves. I'm totally delirious!
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