Los Angeles (California), USA – Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever announced this week that they 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 in the USA through Allegro/NAIL.
Dengue Fever will premier 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 on Saturday October 27, 2007 at 11:30pm at Pavilion 2 on Plaza de España. 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 are pending. Dengue Fever’s uncommon pop/world music sound has garnered critical acclaim since Escape from Dragon House debuted. In 2005, 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 5 World Music releases of the year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, BBC, Reuters Television, Spin, NPR, World Music Central 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 have extensively covered the band, while Italian Vogue and Song Lines (U.K.) features have been confirmed.
Dengue Fever has spent much of the last two years touring the globe, winning over new fans in the United States, Canada as well as Europe. The band played high profile U.S. festivals Globalfest, Bumbershoot, Halleluwah, Global Union and the Chicago World Music Festival, as well as two European festivals, Sudoeste in Portugal and the Afischa Weekend in Moscow. Upcoming confirmed dates are:
09/30 – Abbot Kinney Street Festival, Venice, CA. (free)
10/06 – Eagle Rock Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA. (free)
10/14 – Pasadena Art Weekend, Pasadena, CA (free)
10/27 – WOMEX – Pavilion, Seville, Spain
11/03 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA
11/06 – Nightlight Lounge, Bellingham, WA
11/07 – The Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
11/08 – Holocene, Portland, OR
11/09 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA
11/10 – Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
12/07 – The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. (free)
3/12/08 – UCLA Live, Los Angeles, CA. (w/ Angelique Kidjo)
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, titled “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong” recently screened at the Tucson Film Festival and will be featured opening night at the Margaret Mead Film Festival November 9th at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Directed by John Pirozzi, “Sleepwalking” chronicles the band’s first shows outside the United States in lead singer Ch’hom 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.
Australian label Laughing Outlaw Records is set to released Dengue Fever’s sophomore CD, the critically acclaimed Escape from Dragon House on September 29. The band will tour Australia in 2008.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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