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Editorial Reviews

"If you can imagine a band where a Cambodian beauty queen shares the stage with Rasputin, Barry White, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Hutchence, and Brian Wilson, you'd have a pretty good idea of the group Dengue Fever." -- L.A. TIMES

"Her voice is swathed in reverb, becoming instantly mythic." -- THE WIRE

"The culture clash inherent to this band gives its debut a dynamic flair." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Dengue Fever is at the vanguard of an emerging global pop sensibility, making familiar yet eerily unique music." -- KEXP

Fronted by Cambodian pop star Ch'hom Nimol, who sings in Khmer, Los Angeles sextet Dengue Fever blends the rhythms of sixties Cambodian pop--heavily influenced by American surf, rock, and early psychedelic garage bands--with their own eclectic mix of American and international styles. Unlike the world music bands of the late eighties, Dengue Fever is more concerned with a universal groove and breaking down musical barriers than with notions of authenticity. There are echoes of Bollywood soundtracks, Ethiopian soul, American R&B, Cambodian folk, Spaghetti Western weirdness, and girl-group angst in the mix, but the resulting concoction is the band's own.

On Escape from Dragon House, the sound is denser, thicker, and richer than on the group's 2003 self-titled debut. Escape from Dragon House is also darker, both musically and lyrically, with a fully realized style that melts all of the band's influences into one realized voice that is pure Dengue Fever.


1. We Were Gonna
2. Sui Bong
3. Tip My Canoe
4. Tap Water
5. Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
6. One Thousand Tears Of a Tarantula
7. Escape From Dragon House
8. Made Of Steam
9. Lake Dolores
10. Saran Wrap
11. Hummingbird
12. Bonus Track: Revenge Of the Tarantula

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: M80
  • ASIN: B000N6UCTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (Farfisa), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (sax). The Los Angeles-based band’s music has been featured in a number of film and television shows including CITY OF GHOSTS, MUST LOVE DOGS, BROKEN FLOWERS and twice on Showtime’s hit series, WEEDS. They have ... Read more in Amazon's Dengue Fever Store

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I recommend this CD to every music lover!
dirrtycruz
Come to the dragon house, come down with some Dengue Fever, and drink in the marvelous music!
Amaranth
"Hummingbird" is beautiful in a simple and unexpected way, acoustic guitar and vocal.
Eric Blomquist

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John E. Cole on May 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the original version of this CD after stumbling across Dengue Fever on the National Geographic world music website under Cambodia (even though the band is in Southern California -- where else!). What a find! From the moment I popped it into my CD player, I was hooked. I can't exactly claim to be a world music aficionado, but I do like to try different kinds of music from just about everywhere, and every once in a while I get lucky and find a real gem like this one.

I can't understand a word of Khmer, but that was no impediment to my falling in love with Chhom Nimol. Her voice is powerful, clear, and mesmerizing. The music feels kind of like a time warp. It makes me feel good. In trying to describe it, words like mod, cool, groovy, and funky come to mind. There's one track in particular, "One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula," that makes me feel like I'm dissolving or something; I don't know how else to describe it. How do they do that??? At first my wife thought I was going a little crazy listening to that -- but I think I've got her liking it now too. There are a whole lot of other great tracks here too. Give it a try -- you won't regret it! By the way, I also have their self-titled debut album and it has the same addictive effect on me.

Just the other day I bought this recently released enhanced version of this CD, partly because I was afraid of wearing the first one out. The bonus track is kind of fun, and the video is fantastic! The whole band looks really cool. It's psychedelic! -- I hope I can use that word here without giving the wrong connotation. And in case I haven't said it already, Chhom Nimol is beautiful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stanbridge on November 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Truthfully, I didn't know Cambodia had Pop music until I heard "Escape From Dragon House," the fantastic sophmore album of Dengue Fever. That took a little research and the discovery of their first album, which is retro-dance covers of 60's Cambodian pop that I still know little about but, am enjoying immensely. I am a little wiser and much happier.

I am not trying to give the false impression that Dengue Fever is a purely "International" band. The group consists of five Americans, with an obvious knowledge of the last forty years of Pop Music and one incredible Cambodian lead vocalist, who before emmigrating was the toast of her country. This is not "International" Music. It is Universal.

With the exception of "Tip My Canoe," this album is cover free and all original music. They maintain their penchant for grooving dance tunes and add a little thrill and smash. From the beginning of the album with "We Were Gonna," you can feel the influence of Funk and Punk that meshes beautifully.

I suggest you download "Sni Bong" from this page, get addicted and order both Escape and the Self Titied first album for your permanent spin
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By VASCO DA GAMA on October 22, 2007
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If you are looking for music to put on after hours with some candle light, cocktails, and some good people than this is it. Dengue Fever are funky, groovy, mysterious, romantic, and pyschedelic! The musicianship is top notch. The singing is all in Khmer, which is the main language of Cambodia? This is a sexy and catchy album. I was looking for music that had a retro/funk/surfer style, but with an edge. The edge is the singing in a different language. Don't worry about lyrics or that you can't understand it. Just relax. Fix a drink. Pur some loose clothing on and play this loud because this ain't for meditation. It's for people who want to be groovy baby.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard K. Weems on November 21, 2005
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All right, I'm a NUT for Asian music (this CD arrived in the same package as Kronos Quartet's rendition of classic Bollywood), but as I listened I couldn't help but twist a little in the kitchen. To call this fusion is to sell it short--this is music, with no style labels to dissect it and let the musicaologists pigeonhole. I wanted to throat in a little kargyraa underneath it all, because this stuff lends itself to everything under the sun (and under rocks). This disc is going to sit in my player a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Ford on November 8, 2005
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2003 doesn't seem like that long ago, but when you are waiting for a new Dengue Fever release...well, it seems like a long time. The wait was worth it! Dengue Fever's first release was so strong that I pulled the CD out of the player and bit through it. This was both embarassing to me professionally and personally. I am, after all, a 54 year old grandfather. Still, the music was that good. I had to order another one! This time I impressed with some elements of controll and restraint I hear, i.e. "Sui Bong" et al. Chhom Nimol's voice is at best hauntingly angelic (at worst it still beats all others). The bass lines in Dengue Fever will scatter the dust on your furniture, and the brass has that distinctive wide sound that "breathes" into the melody. How, oh how can we omit the Phantomoftheopera organ that builds a template for the bass-stripped tenor guitar work. My, my, my. Buy this CD. Quickly, my child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By spitgrrl on May 1, 2008
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I bought this because I was immensely impressed by their newest album, "Venus on Earth" and this one is just as great. The songs, by and large, are drenched in straight-up psychedelic pop and are so darn catchy that you'll have these tunes stuck in your head for hours...even if you can't understand the lyrics. But that's what's so great about this band: They transcend language and nationality and can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates great music.
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