Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Dengue Fever Ready "Venus On Earth"

Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever will release “Venus On Earth,” their eagerly anticipated third full-length CD on January 22, 2008 from M80 Music. “Venus On Earth” features eleven new original tracks and will be distributed through Allegro/NAIL.
Dengue Fever premiered music from “Venus On Earth” at WOMEX, the worlds largest professional Music Conference, Trade Fair and Showcase for World, Roots, Folk, Ethnic, Traditional, Alternative World, Local and Diaspora Music in Seville, Spain in October. Dengue Fever was selected as one of only 30 bands out of more than 600 applicants to showcase at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Additional live dates in Europe as well as Australia are pending.

Dengue Fever's uncommon pop/world music sound has garnered critical acclaim well before their sophomore album “Escape From Dragon House” was released in 2005. However that same year, the editors of online retail giant Amazon named their record #1 International release of the year. In 2006, Mojo (U.K.) named the same album into their Top 10 World Music releases of the year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, BBC, Reuters Television, Spin, NPR, Global Rhythm and other influential outlets have praised the band's psychedelic Khmer Rock sound. More recently, European outlets such as French magazines Monocle and Chronic'art, the London Observer, Song Lines have extensively covered the band, while Italian Vogue and fRoots (U.K) features have been confirmed.

All tracks from “Venus on Earth” were written by Zac Holtzman and Dengue Fever and produced in Los Angeles by Paul Dreux Smith and Dengue Fever. Recording took place at Phase Four studios along with Jim Putnam (Radar Bros.) as well as Pan 3. “Venus” tracks listing is as follows: 1. Seeing Hands, 2. Clipped Wings, 3. Tiger Phone Card, 4. Woman in the Shoes, 5. Sober Driver, 6. Monsoon of Perfume, 7. Integratron, 8. Oceans of Venus, 9. Laugh Track, 10. Tooth and Nail and 11. Mr. Orange.

A documentary on Dengue Fever, entitled “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong” recently screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival and was featured opening night at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History in New York City .

“Sleepwalking” chronicles the band's first shows outside the United States in lead singer Chhom Nimol's homeland of Cambodia. It was the first time a Western-based band performed Khmer Rock in Cambodia since Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge took over the country in 1975.

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