Friday, August 13, 2010

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is an Echo Park based Cambodian-psychedelic band. I've known the guys behind the band pretty well. In fact in one point of my life, I shared a house with one of the band co-founders, Ethan Holtzman who plays keyboard. The band has toured extensively across stateside as well as performing at large world music festivals such as The Glastonbury Festival. To describe the band's unique sound is difficult to pinpoint. It consists of streaks of a '70s inspired psychedelic rock fused with Cambodian traditional folk music. Oftentimes than not, Dengue Fever has been categorized under the "World" section yet their sound has definitely irked the interest of a great deal of music aficionados. The band has steadily made ways into American pop culture, in fact an episode of HBO's True Blood was named after one of their albums, "Escape from Dragon House."

Take a listen to one of Dengue Fever's most notable song, "Seeing Hands." This particular video was directed by Spike Jonze frequent collaborator as Director of Photography, Mr. Lance Acord.

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