Cambodian space project
Having chanced upon singer Channthy Kak performing a cover of Peggy Lee’s “Johnny Guitar” at a karaoke bar in
Phnom Penh, Australian musician Julien Poulson invited her to start a band with him and the two formed the Cambodian Space Project. Their first release, 2011: A Space Odyssey, was predominantly a set of 1960s covers, while more recent tracks such as “Whiskey Cambodia” have experimented with a moodier style of psychedelic rock. Despite touring the world and being described as “very affecting” by the Australian singersongwriter Nick Cave, the band retain a close connection to provincial Cambodia. Most recently, their songs were used in the soundtrack for the film Before the Fall, which Cambodia has submitted to the Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.