Abduction Releases By

Neung Phak

ABDT047 LP (2012)
front cover of Neung Phak's '2'
Neung Phak '2' LP cover

In the pantheon of Western-tilted southeast-Asian tribute groups, Oakland, California's Neung Phak (pronounced: Noong PAHK) have carved out a over a decade's worth of inspired and unique recordings and performance since their 2001 debut, (birthed as a spin-off from legendary Bay Area group Mono Pause). Galvanized by exposure to thousands of regional cassette tapes, LPs and radio broadcasts harvested during years of travels, (co-founder Mark Gergis is a key conspirator with international record label Sublime Frequencies) the 7-piece group play folk and pop sounds from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam and elsewhere, using a variety of western and non-western instruments. Neung Phak delivers international sounds that trade the gloss and sheen of so-called 'World Music' for the energy and unpredictability you can find when you're somewhere else.

After two releases on Abduction records and several performances and tours, Neung Phak have returned with their second full-length studio LP. 2 showcases molam-folk pop and acid-rock hauntings from Thailand's yesterday and today, Javanese dance-floor dangdut, and Cambodian instrumental dramas - all retold in inimitable Neung Phak parlance. The stunning Indonesian pop gem Bang Toyib features guest Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls) on Bahasa vocals. Thai dance-pop cuts Poot and Poo Jud feature veteran singer Diana Hayes. The damning Fucking USA was purportedly recorded in a North Korean studio - and the epic retelling of the classic southern Thai-styled Sat Chatri closes down the LP in sprawling, psychedelic form.

Side A
  1. Kawp Koon Kawp Koon (4:14)
  2. Bang Toyib (3:41)
  3. Fucking USA (2:05)
  4. Khmer 28 (3:07)
  5. Poo Jud (3:20)
  6. Sa-Ha (3:00)
Side B
  1. Poot (2:45)
  2. Wai Wai Wai (4:06)
  3. Koi Sun Ching (2:10)
  4. Nong Maew Pee (3:45)
  5. Sat Chatri (6:59)