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06 January 2004
Dengue Fever, Dengue Fever (Mimicry Recordings)
Six-piece band from California. Big deal. Saxophonist from Beck's touring band. Interesting. Cambodian pop star who has performed for the king and queen of her country. Now you've got my attention. Brothers Zac and Ethan Holtzman came up with the idea for their band, Dengue Fever, in 2001 after extensive exposure to '60s-era Cambodian rock music. They went looking for a singer in Little Phnom Penh in Long Beach, California, and found Chhom Nimol in a local club. Hailing from a family of entertainers, Nimol joined Dengue Fever and has been performing with them since. Their self-titled debut hit stores this summer and features Nimol's hauntingly pure vocals over 12 tracks of '60s-inspired, psychedelic surf-rock. Add to this already unique concoction Nimol's traditional Cambodian dress and dancing, and presto! California pop... oddness. Definitely worth checking out.
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