On April 19, Dengue Fever, who serves up an exotic blend of Cambodian rock, Afro grooves, surf, and garage psych, returns with Cannibal Courtship, the group’s first studio album since 2008â€™s Venus on Earth and their Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group debut.
With 11 new tunes, Cannibal Courtship, features songs sung in English, and Khmer (Cambodian). The album also features beautiful backing harmonies by The Living Sisters. With the new album, which features the slinky, spiky rock of â€œCement Slippers,â€ â€œFamily Business,â€ â€œ2012″ and “Cannibal Courtship,” the band has reached a powerful new plateau, deftly balancing the wide-ranging influences that inform their sound and songs.
Since their inception, the bandâ€™s unique take on 60s Cambodian pop and American surf rock has garnered praise and attention from fans and critics alike. True Blood named an entire episode after one of their songs and featured the bandâ€™s music throughout the show, Spin highlighted the band in their â€˜Breaking Outâ€™ section, and profiles on the group have appeared in the New York Times, Magnet, Wired, and NPRâ€™s â€œFresh Airâ€ and Radio Australia. Ray Davies from the Kinks called them “a cross between Led Zeppelin and Blondie.â€