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The Cambodian Space Project


There´s lots of great music coming out of Cambodia right now. Check the fantabulous, beautiful and seriously RocknRoll Cambodian Space Project, a retro garage psychedelic music collective from Phnom Penh, headed by singer Srey Thy and guitarist Julian Poulson.

The Cambodian Space Project have just released a single, called I´m Unsatified, the first vinyl to come out of Cambodia since some time in the early 1970s, before the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975 and killed most of the country`s artists.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, plenty of cool sounds came out of Cambodia, where a number of bands was forging a unique sound, playing contemporary RocknRoll supplemented with Khmer lyrics. Here´s a song by Ros Serey Sothea, one of the great singers of the era who recorded hundreds of songs in just a few years and disappeared during the Khmer Rouge revolution.

Many of the songs of these artists and bands have been rediscovered in recent years, were used to good effect in Matt Dillon´s independent movie City of Ghosts and are often covered by Dengue Fever, the US Cambodian retro pop outfit that´s been leading the Cambodia music revival.

I’m Unsatisfied is the first single from The Cambodian Space Project’s forthcoming album Déja Voodoo. The limited edition gate-fold vinyl comes very attractively packaged and includes a picture disc (yes,  we`d almost forgotten about gorgeous colored seriously heavy vinyl) as well as bonus mp3 downloads. The single also features a Khmer language version of House of the Rising Sun. Available  on Metal Postcard.

It really does look and sound great, a precious artifact, a cool record, a RocknRoll message from the Far East, and a link between past and present.

And should you be in Cambodia, the single will officially be launched at the Chinese House in Phnom Penh on October 23rd!

Read more on the Cambodian Space Project MySpace page.

And here´s the colored vinyl….


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