Sleepwalking Through the Mekong: Dengue Fever

Written by  January 4, 2012

Los Angeles based Dengue Fever stages their first tour in Cambodia, the homeland of lead singer, Chhom Nimol, whose powerful, pure voice sails over heavy psychedelic/garage sounds.

Sleepwalking Through the Mekong: Dengue Fever 

Label: Real World Records

Los Angeles based Dengue Fever stages their first tour in Cambodia, the homeland of lead singer, Chhom Nimol, whose powerful, pure voice sails over heavy psychedelic/garage sounds. Dengue Fever’s music is based on a flavour of Cambodian pop, Khmer Rock, that was, itself, heavily influenced by American rock and surf music, before being almost wiped out by the Pol Pot regime. In this 2005 tour, also documented in the full-length video that comes with the CD, the band collaborates with contemporary musicians and revives some classic pop originals.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World Music.com, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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