Dengue Fever’s live session is an incredibly special treat for us. The collection of six all-pro musicians concocts such a groovy vibe with their tripped-out, psychedelic, California surf foundation infused with lowing horns and breathy flute and topped with the cherry of Nimol’s royal Cambodian pop vocals. Their songs, palpably jungle thick, range from hypnotically languid to furtively enticing, evoking pop-culture spy thriller movie faves set in Southeast Asia. Dengue Fever‘s music appeals like a beckoning opiate, reaching after you with undulating pulse and long, wispy fingers.
We’re so grateful to the whole Dengue Fever crew for coming in to play and spread the love: Chhom Nimol, vocalist (who regularly sang for the King and Queen of Cambodia); Zac Holtzman, guitar and vocals; Ethan Holtzman, organ; Senon Williams, bass; David Ralicke, brass; and Paul Smith, drums. Many thanks also go to Tracy Blackburn for helping to set this up.
If you’re a screen watcher, keep your ears peeled for Dengue Fever songs. They’ve been known to pop up all over in places like the tv shows True Blood and Weeds. Also, check out the very cool documentary, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, which features the band and their soundtrack. The film trailer’s HERE. And for hungry listeners, here are links to their albums: Dengue Fever (6/03, Mimicry), Escape from Dragon House (3/07, M80), Venus on Earth (1/08, M80), and their latest compilation of Cambodian rock-n-roll recorded in the 60′s and early 70′s by various artists, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia (1/12/2010, Minky).
Now, get down to the videos and then further down to the tracks, all recorded live at Kingsize Soundlabs in LA.
Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):