Cam­bo­dian space project

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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.

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