DENGUE FEVER (SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG SOUNDTRACK)

DENGUE FEVER (SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG SOUNDTRACK) 5

THE STORY SO FAR:

Sleepwalking Through the Mekong follows Los Angeles based band Dengue Fever on their recent journey to Cambodia to perform 60s and 70s Cambodian rock n’ roll in the country where it was created and very nearly destroyed.

 

 

THE CRITICISM

The odyssey is a homecoming for singer Chhom Nimol and a transformation for the rest of the band as they perform with master musicians and record new songs along the way.

More than a rockumentary, the film serves up a portrait of modern Cambodia as the band tours through Phnom Penh and beyond, crossing a great cultural chasm with the same spirit of Cambodia’s original rock pioneers.

Cambodia is often synonymous with the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that left millions dead and scattered refugees around the globe. This tragedy overshadows the story of Cambodia’s music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Cambodian musicians reinvented Western rock n’ roll with a distinctly Khmer flavor to crete a sound that is at once familiar and completely original.

 

TRACK LIST

1. Sleepwalking Through The Mekong [Written and performed by Dengue Fever]
2. Dondung Goan Gay [Performed by Meas Samoun]
3. March Of The Balloon Animals [Written and performed by Dengue Fever]
4. Tip My Canoe [Originally recorded by Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea, performed by Dengue Fever
5. Master Tep Mary [Written and performed by Tep Mary and Dengue Fever]
6. Hummingbird [Written and performed by Dengue Fever]
7. New Years Eve [Performed by Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea]
8. Ethanopium [live at Snowy’s, Written by Mulatu Astatke, performed by Dengue Fever]
9. Psychologically Healing [Dialogue excerpt]
10. The Orphan [Traditional, performed by Khee Sokley]
11. Master Kong Nai [Written and performed by Kong Nai and Dengue Fever]
12. Hold My Hips [Originally recorded by Ros Serey Sothea, performed by Dengue Fever]
13. Seeing Hands (Sleepwalking version, Written and performed by Dengue Fever]
14. Mou Pei Na [Performed by SinN Sisamouth and Ros Serey Sothea]
15. Today I Learnt To Drink [Performed by Ros Serey Sothea]
16. One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula [Written and performed by Dengue Fever]
17. Phnom Chisor Serenade [Written and performed by Dengue Fever]

 

 

Cambodia is often synonymous with the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that left millions dead and scattered refugees around the globe. This tragedy overshadows the story of Cambodia’s music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Cambodian musicians reinvented Western rock n’ roll with a distinctly Khmer flavor to crete a sound that is at once familiar and completely original.

The CD soundtrack includes classic tracks from Cambodian artists Ros Serey Sothea, Sinn Sisamouth and Meas Samoun, as well as original material created by Cambodian master musicians Tep Mary and Kong Nai with Dengue Fever, and previously unreleased Dengue Fever instrumental tracks “March of The Balloon Animals” and “Phnom Chisor Serenade”.

I honestly can’t imagine how the film or the CD could exist on their own. There’s such a perfect dynamic struck between the two fields that I wonder how I never heard of Cambodian rock. This is an eye-opening experience that has allowed me to experience something new and to broaden my perspective. Plus, Chhom Nimoi is eight shades of badass. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a true rock star rise to prominence. Nimoi is the dawn of something new and something that I want to take part in.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Final Score: 96% – A
RELEASE DATE: 4/14/09

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