DENGUE FEVER The Deep­est Lake (MRI)

Pasatiempo - - PASA TEMPOS - — Casey Sanchez

In the shadow of war, a hugely vi­brant rock scene flour­ished in Ph­nom Penh and Saigon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Young bands forged a new genre that ef­fort­lessly blended ru­ral Cam­bo­dian and Viet­namese folk sounds with the verve of Amer­i­can surf rock, psychedelia, and R & B. For the past 15 years, Los An­ge­les band Dengue Fever has built a fan base by re­vis­it­ing the lost sound of this era. On their fifth al­bum, broth­ers Zac and Ethan Holtz­man con­tinue the yeo­man’s work of re­vis­ing the re­verb-heavy pop sound Ethan first dis­cov­ered on a back­pack­ing trip to Cam­bo­dia in the late 1990s. But at the heart of the band have al­ways been the re­gal pipes of vo­cal­ist Ch­hom Ni­mol, a for­mer wed­ding singer whose fe­ro­cious range lays waste to ev­ery track she per­forms on. For the new al­bum, the band uses an even broader pal­ette of global mu­sic, smoothly fold­ing cumbia and Ethiopian jazz into their clas­sic Southeast Asian rocker sound on the stunning opener, “Tokay.” “No Sud­den Moves” finds Ni­mol down­shift­ing her pow­er­ful voice some­where be­tween spo­ken-word po­etry and rap with ef­fort­less aplomb. “Taxi Dancer” bor­rows heav­ily from Mo­town-era soul to cre­ate a Kh­mer-lan­guage dance-floor cut. With­out a mis­step in sight, this so­phis­ti­cated work of pas­tiche and re­vi­sion finds a way to feel ev­ery bit as au­then­tic as the orig­i­nal mu­sic it ref­er­ences.

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