The weirdness and brilliance that is Dengue Fever never ceases to delight me. The Cambodian band just released The Deepest Lake, the latest in their long line of amazingly unique albums, and here’s the first video…
Dengue Fever’s fourth studio album, Cannibal Courtship was just released on April 19th. As I said when I first posted the “Cement Slippers” mp3 back in February: The followup to 2008’s spectacular Venus on Earth again finds the Cambodian psych-rock band singing in English and Khmer. The album also features backing harmonies by Eleni Mandell‘s trio The Living Sisters.
While Venus on Earth had a funkier, multi-cultural take on Khmer rock, the new songs were painted with a more subtle, melodic brush. Yet the new album still has plenty of exotic quirks and psychedelic swirls.
Chhom Nimol’s eerily sultry siren call of “be my sacrificial lamb” in “Cannibal Courtship” is a prime example of why Dengue Fever can’t possibly be compared to anyone else.
Dengue Fever will release their fourth studio album, Cannibal Courtship, on April 19th. The followup to 2008’s spectacular Venus on Earth again finds the Cambodian psych-rock band singing in English and Khmer. The album also features backing harmonies by Eleni Mandell‘s trio The Living Sisters. You can download a free, legal mp3 of “Cement Slippers” from Dengue Fever’s new album by entering your email address into the widget below…
The opener “Seeing Hands” and the finale “Mr. Orange” blend quirky Asian pop with light dance beats and churning psychedelic rock guitars. Chhom’s pretty voice is especially hypnotic on the brass accented “Clipped Wings” and the exotic Iraqi pop inspired “Integration”.
Though the band’s music is heavily influenced by the Cambodian pop-rock scene of the 1960s and 1970s, songs like the transcontinental duet “Tiger Phone Card” and the beautiful ballad “Tooth And Nail” could just as easily have been lifted from an American band of that era.
“Sober Driver” is a moodier duet with robust horns. The band’s Cambodian roots are most apparent on “Monsoon Of Perfume”. And “Oceans Of Venus” is a surf rock instrumental.
Dengue Fever’s Cambodian tour are the subject of a John Pirozzi documentary entitled Sleepwalking Through The Mekong.