Her name: Cchom Nimol, and she was a popular karaoke singer from Cambodia. Bada bing bada boom. That was that.
Their debut, self-titled album–sung only in Khmer, the Cambodian national language–was released as early as 2003 and included additional band members, Senon Williams, Paul Smith, and David Ralicke. The six-piece group built a large fan base during their 2005 tour in Cchom’s home country, which was fully recorded in Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, a documentary film based on the band’s touring in Phnom Penh and other major Cambodian cities. The experience resulted in the release of Escape From Dragon House, their 2nd project. At this point, Cchom gave in and began integrating English into the linguistic mix.
Venus on Earth, number 3 of their albums, was released internationally by Peter Gabriel’s label, Real World Records–except for in the US and Canada, that is. Impressively, even without its release in such a population powerhouse as North America, it was chosen as one of iTunes Store’s “best world music records of 2008.” Now, the group has been snagged by Fantasy Records and will publish its much anticipated fourth album in spring of 2011.
“Tiger Phone Card”–a lovable testimony of a long distance relationship–can be heard on their latest album along with worldly psychedelic, surf rock sounds that could be straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack.
Listen to “Tiger Phone Card” Here
Blame Cambodia for Dengue Fever. After Ethan Holtzman’s visit, he fell in love with the music styles of the country. On his return, Ethan recruited his brother Zac to form a Cambodian rock band. When they finally found their vocalist, she might as well have had a halo overhead. She was the missing piece to their puzzle.
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 13 @ 6:15 PMAzari & III at Highline Ballroom
Jun 07 13 @ 10:42 AMThe Govenors Ball NYC Music Festival
Aug 28 13 @ 3:55 PMVenice Film Festival