You???ve heard people say they would die for their art, right?
Reviewed by Curtis Kimby on
January 4, 2011 at 10:42 am
Filed as 12-inch,International
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These beautiful & super multi-talented Cambodian people literally DIED for their art in the infamous ???Killing Fields??? between 1975 ??? 1979 at the hands of Pol Pot & the Khmer Rouge???s politically extreme, grossly inhuman and sickeningly genocidal ideology run amok. ????(continued???)
These are NOT studio recordings.?? No money for that at the time.?? These awesome songs were all recorded LIVE in Cambodia???s capital city, Phnom Penh.?? They survived via bootleg tapes and stored caches of rare original vinyl which was a written death ticket to the owner under the Khmer Rouge regime???s reign of terror.?? These talented folks played upbeat music & sang songs of sadness, lost or unrequited love, and, ironically, death.?? Spanning multiple music styles and defying genre specific categorization this is superb Khmer Music & Cambodian Rock!???? You get astounding artists like The Thra Ka Band doing super stoney Sabbath riffing drum pounding psychedelic rock.?? Dig some seriously punchy garage psych rock from Tet Somnang and Meas Samon. Marvel at the melodious voice of Sinn Sisamouth (a.k.a. the Emperor of Khmer Music and the Elvis of Cambodia) and Ros Sereysothea (the greatest Cambodian female singer and the only one to be honored & named by King Norodom Sihanouk as ???The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital???). ????(continued???)
Influenced by 1960???s ??? 1970???s era Western Rock N Roll, Pop rock, Rhythm & blues, Latin American music, classic R&B, surf, garage rock, eastern music, Bollywood, Motown soul.?? The fusion of these styles created the ultra-rare sounds heard on this amazing comp, digitally transferred from the aforementioned vinyl and tapes.?? The songs cover many styles yet share a groovy, distorted guitar drive with xylophones, horns, pump organ tones, shakers, flutes, mandolins, thick killer bass riffs and percussive rhythms.?? Sisamouth & Sereysothea sing individually and as a duo on these recordings and are the undisputed king and queen of Cambodian pop & Khmer Music.?? Pan Ron is the second most popular Cambodian female vocalist with a more playful style. Pan Ron combined old Khmer Rock music styles of Sisamouth and Sereysothea with Western rock, R&B & Rhythm & Blues to create a fresh & new style called Cambodian Rock which is a bit more rambunctious.?? Truly spectacular Cambodian Rock!
Khmer Rock NOT Khmer Rouge! ????????????????????~ Curtis Kimby
***NOTE:?? DENGUE FEVER has covered several of Ros Sereysothea???s songs!?? Plus, Pan Ron & In Yeng???s ???I Love Mean Girls??? gets my vote as the quintessential Cambodian Rock classic cut!?? It was sampled by Narnack Records band ???Lil??? Pocket Knife??? (featuring members of KIT) on their song ???East Coast West Coast.??? ????????????????????????????
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