Monday, April 7, 2008

The first is Venus On Earth, the third album, from the band Dengue Fever. When I first heard this band I thought to myself, “Hmm . . . Yeah . . . Cool.” And it is not too often that I get that reaction from hearing a new band. Dengue Fever really doesn’t sound like anything else out there. This is in part due to the fact that many of the songs are sung in Khmer by Cambodian lead singer Chhom Nimol. There are other elements to the bands music that add to its unique mix. The way they use their sax player is great. In the band he plays the role where samples might be used in another group. Dengue Fever’s sound is an incredibly pleasing fusion of Cambodian music, rock and roll, 60s surf, and electronic music and Venus On Earth is a great place to enter into their wonderful soundscape.


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