Album Review

Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia [Sublime Frequencies]

Thurston Hunger   6/23/2006   CD, International

Ultra-sparse accompaniment under very unique, slow to sombre,
vocalizing. Track #2 is like some lost blues, or some weed
never before seen living, and here it is towering between
humming gongs and giggling children. Tremendous. Two tracks
later we find an Ayin/Ayon parallel to Joni Mitchell? Overall
the sounds on this seem so low to the ground, check the tube
getting funk ‘n’ plunked on #6. I reckon the gongs do add
a more celestial vibe on a number of tracks. For #9, “Mum” is
the word *and* the one-stringed fiddle to duel it out with a
chorus of crickets. Looking for gypsy flair? Dig #12! If you
want earthy blues, forget the place with the three-drink
minimum and parking valet chaser, and savor a little of the
mud, hurt and joy that oozes out of the Sublime here. Kudos
to LAURENT JEANNEAU for his capture, amidst insects and
infants, you get a dose of music as part of the daily
dealings done dirt cheap. -Thurston Hunger

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