Pisitakun Kuantalaeng's new album Absolute C. A universal language? A medium to send messages across? Or mere entertainment? Music serves different purposes and has been known to have great power over the human psyche. Although Thailand's mainstream music scene over the years has been largely dominated by love songs, the country's music industry has also seen a great surge in protest songs, which have been used as a device to engage the masses to push for social and even political change. Whenever people get fed up with the status quo, they have started singing about it.
Was it a conscious decision to make it more accessible? I used to blame Skinny Puppy because at the time we both had released our debut albums which were somehow simultaneously the start of a new electronic goth movement. All the songs that we recorded for the album had been previously tested at our shows in Canada before we moved to Paris to record directly with our New Rose Records deal. That was the only other song we came up with that no one had heard in concert before. Another change that was on purpose was the choice to have a picture of ourselves on the cover which was what Pop artists do, and considered a scandal at the time because indie artists are supposed be invisible in the artwork apparently. Lots of memories. Paris was a major part of our life from to The fact that New Rose Records had managed to get us on as opening act for Suicide to promote our album playing as virtual unknowns for an audience of 2, Alan Vega and Martin Rev fans remains unforgettable. We did our best to make an impression, with a girl lying like a zombie on a table, myself covered in fake blood and monster makeup, and my brother doing an Andy Warhol impression filming the audience with a camera during an instrumental section of one of our songs.
Down to business
Alongside his partner in Balearic crime Dan McLewin, Coveney has come up with an ambitious first outing. Ranging from orchestral grandeur to acid squelch via yacht rock, funk, prog and more, the record is as bold as it is alluring. Before we signed, we sat down with them and outlined the idea. It seemed everyone was on the same page but, as time progressed and the financial recession hit in , things started to change and they were pushing us for a commercial hit. Psychemagik is something much more leftfield.