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Pratoo Jai

Pratoo jai – Sao Sao Sao

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Love Is A Dream

รักคือฝันไป – Sao Sao Sao

Another Sao Sao Sao song, over a year since the first, and i still know as little about them as i did then, and in the same place regarding physically getting any of their music. This song is off the same album as the previous song, and follows the same gentle, perfectly harmonied, stripped back, near country style. The perfect sound for today.

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Pratoo Jai

Pratoo jai – Sao Sao Sao

Thai pop! T-pop? Th-pop? Thai pop. I found out about Sao Sao Sao just looking to see what i could find in Thailand’s pop history, because i’m convinced that if you look back anywhere, in any country, you will find something incredible. Of course the 60’s beat and pop scene in Thailand is well plowed, but the less cool 80’s happenings seem as usual hidden and forgotten. The fact that by the 80’s the entirety of Thailand’s music production was released on cassette and not the LP’s and 45’s Western music archaeologists usually trawl through to unearth things for their own ethnocentric benefit may contribute to that.

Sao Sao Sao were three school friends who began their pop career in 1981 and were from all reports the biggest and most beloved girl group Thailand in the 80’s. The first group you come across is always going to be the biggest, but all that means is they are fittingly fantastic, and that there’s a world of groups beyond them if you follow the rabbit down the hole they’ve opened for you.

It’s worth noting, on this release anyway, that there is little “80’s” about this song in the accepted sense. No synths, no drum machines, no studio-constructed sound of the future. It was 1982 and it was Thailand. What is here in its primitiveness (primitive as the distance drawn from here to our conventional understanding of 80’s pop) is something that sounds almost post-punk, especially in the drumbeat. Then it opens to the chorus and the sweetest, most glorious harmonies ever to come from a girl group anywhere, anytime. Not that it ever matters, but you can tell they could pull this off live perfectly every time.

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