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Mai Pen Rai

Thai & Balinese frog rock field recordings

Label: Rekem

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Experimental

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7' (pressed on a 12' platter) and eco sky lantern packed in a custom-made, silk-screened frog rock tote bag. 'Mai Pen Rai is an edition of two releases in one, or how two random recordings of a travelogue fit together and after a four year journey are finally released the first and the third track of the record capture the experience of Maya Lavda in the summer 2008 during a trip to Bali, where, while shooting with her video camera she noticed frog sounds behind a closed door which she followed to record with her camera. Revisited after the trip, these sounds revealed themselves fitting for a mantra-like locked groove record. the second track comes from orila's journey in Thailand over the summer of 2009. Following an after-storm quest for the sound Ð that a permanent resident jokingly referred to as the sounds produced by water buffaloes Ð the true origin revealed itself within a scene of majestic nature. In remembrance of this experience, every copy of this release is accompanied by a Thai sky lantern. as the passion for the frogs was growing both in orila and rekem we decided to unite these findings in the form of a 7' cut on a 12' plate. This way, these recordings would not only remind us of the actual journey(s), but also the ideas around which a substantial part of our lives evolved through the last four years. And they lived happily ever afterom the sounds and textures of scratchy vinyl culled over time from athens' record shops, delivering an unanticipated little gem of musique concrete. Of 'skua', Nikos Kyriazopoulos only very cryptically says that he 'had no other choice but to tweak some knobs'. Not very interested obviously in revealing methods and technical details on a piece that speaks for itself by aligning its analog electronics uncannily close to birdsong in a creatively mimetic fashion.

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Cat. number: rekem 02
Year: 2012
Notes:

Limited to 200 copies. Thai & Balinese frog rock field recordings.
Tracks 1 & 3 recorded on August 22nd of 2008 in Ubud, Bali by Maya Lavda.
Track 2 recorded on August 13rd of 2009 in Koh Samui, Thailand by Yanni Iasonidis, orila.
7" housed in 12" vinyl. Comes with eco sky lantern, altogether packed in a custom-made, silk-screened frog rock tote bag.