Echo Park's favorite Cambodian pop group, Dengue Fever, has just released a new album Cannibal Courtship on Fantasy Records.
In the accompanying video, we visit bassist Senon Williams home studio where the new single “Cement Slippers” –and much of the album--was recorded.
The studio is not in Echo Park, but Dengue Fever founders Zac and Ethan Holtzman live here.
They founded the group after returning from Southeast Asia, obsessed with Cambodian pop songs. The current line up features Ethan on accordian and keyboards, Zac on guitar an vocals as well as Williams, singer Chhom Nimol, David Ralicke on brass and Paul Smith on drums.
The band’s 2010 release Dengue Fever Present Electric Cambodia highlighted obscure Cambodian pop songs. The new album features original material--most of it in English. The Living Sisters, another set of local superstars, provide some backing tracks.
Dengue Fever had an album release party last week in Los Angeles. But the group says it will perform again in L.A. this summer at the Getty Center to celebrate the exhibit “Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.”
More info and tour details at: http://www.denguefevermusic.com/