Magazine article New Internationalist

Sleepwalking through the Mekong

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sleepwalking through the Mekong

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Sleepwalking through the Mekong

by Dengue Fever (Real World Records M8o 102 CD/DVD)

Here's an interesting journey: Ethan and Zac Holtzman, two Los Angeles-based musicians with a bent for the surf rock of the 19605, go on holiday to Cambodia and fall in love with what has survived of the country's pop industry following the murderous reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Back home, they encounter Cambodian pop music in Long Beach's Little Penh area and decide to start playing it themselves. In Khmer. With psychedelic rock licks. Add three more band members and Chhom Nimol, a sublime singer who is herself part of the Cambodian diaspora, and, hey presto! Dengue Fever.

Packaged with a DVD that follows Dengue Fever's 2005 visit to Cambodia, Sleepwalking through the Mekong is a thrilling release. …

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