Tuesday, May 31, 2016

American "Discovers" the Southeast Again

What a lovely thing to receive over the long weekend; here lies a mixtape just under a half-hour in length, ranging from soothing to swinging, all of its tracks being Southeast Asian finds brought back to the U.S. by Denver resident Jordan Lempe, whose musical alter ego is Blisss. He's also half of the band Sunboy, but that's neither here nor there. Says Lempe:

Transversing across Southeast Asia lately, collecting rare morsels of sonic bliss, I've compiled a mixtape of some of the tastiest psychedelic jams from Siam (Thailand), Cambodia, and Vietnam dated 1969-1973. This music was the voice of the yearning and dying spirit of Southeast Asia during WWII, a voice that never reached mainstream media and was drown[ed] out by massive music entities such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc. These are songs of love, and what war does to love. 

Curated by BLISSS, an artist, producer, collector, generally good fellow. 

Includes artists like The Petch Phin Thong Band, Ros Serey Sothea, and Ream Daranoi. Look to England's Soundway Records for similar compilations.

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