A1. Tiger Phone Card (03:37)
A2. Seeing Hands (04:12)
A3. One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula (06:41)
A4. Sober Driver (04:05)
B1. Lost In Laos (04:04)
B2. Tokay (04:30)
B3. The Deepest Lake (05:27)
B4. Sleepwalking Through The Mekong (03:38)
On his now legendary six-month trip around Asia back in the late ’90s, Erhan Holtzman hopped on board one of the ubiquitous Cambodian Tuk Tuks and was treated to the driver’s choice of music: the scuzzy psychedelic surf-rock of pre Khmer Rouge Cambodia. He returned home with a case full of cassettes. The rest, as they say, is history, including the hard-fought recruitment of the Khmer chanteuse Chhom Nimol, who completed the Dengue Fever line-up, and the move from covers of classic Cambodian pop to the development of new material, both authentically Khmer, and classically Californian.
This album is a pick of some of the best loved tracks by the outstanding six-piece ensemble, documentaring their first 12 years and released on limited edition vinyl and available for download. If you love hypnotic global grooves and don’t already have Dengue Fever’s back catalogue, then this is a timely and perfect way in.
Simon Cross (Shindig! #102, April 2020)