Album release: "The Deepest Lake" by Dengue Fever
Release date: 2 February 2015
Label: Tuk Tuk / Proper
More information / listen on: Dengue Fever website
“Not content to merely providing glorious pop-tunes in easily digested song-wrapped packets, Dengue Fever choose the high road of cultural exposure, forcing the hand of the listener in a bid to fully comprehend their art.” – Pitchfork
It’s been close to four years since Cambodian rock band Dengue Fever released a full-album of new material, but that all changes on 2nd February 2014 as ‘The Deepest Lake’ is finally ready to announce.
For long-time fans, Dengue Fever’s sound remains in-tact but ‘The Deepest Lake’ finds Dengue Fever expanding their trademark psych/surf Cambodian pop sound with African percussion, vocals that would make Exene and John Doe proud, sweeping melodies and extended psychedelic jams of songs that often time out after five or six minutes. The band made a conscious decision to head into their home studio looking to expand their sound by following their instincts to explore jams that came out of demos. The result showcases Dengue Fever’s musically adventurous side while still remaining faithful to their otherworldly sound.
“The Deepest Lake is probably our most challenging record to date”, said Dengue Fever Bassist Senon Williams. “We are entering our second decade together as a band and wanted to explore some ideas we’d experimented with in the past to try and capture a more expressive sound. Musically we went with a more raw approach while vocally Chhom Nimol came through with her signature power, intimacy and passion”
Dengue Fever’s last full-length release was 2011’s Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy Records). Since that time, the band has been busy forging headfirst both creative outlets and business opportunities. In 2012, the band formed their own label, Tuk Tuk Records, struck distribution agreements with MRI/RED for North America and Proper Records for the rest of the world. In the past two years they have reissued four of their albums with bonus tracks, released a tour-only E.P., launched a wildly successful Pledge Music campaign and toured extensively in Mexico, Brazil, Asia, Europe and the United States.
In the last four years, members of Dengue Fever also joined Toms footwear and eyewear on a Giving Trip to help Cambodians in need, co-headlined a tour with Syrian musician Omar Souleyman and found their music licensed by Vice News, CSI: Las Vegas, The Hangover 2, Matador, True Blood, Broken Flowers and numerous documentaries.
An extensive tour in support of ‘The Deepest Lake’ will be announced later this month.
- “…one of the hottest bands around” – NPR
- “Enormous fun” – The Guardian
- “Breathing new life into a forgotten era of psych-pop” – Dazed & Confused
- “…the world's premier Cambodian psychedelic rock band” – MOJO
- “Not content to merely providing glorious pop-tunes in easily digested song-wrapped packets, Dengue Fever choose the high road of cultural exposure, forcing the hand of the listener in a bid to fully comprehend their art.” – Pitchfork