Album: Dengue Fever, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, (Real World)

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Since this group recently played live in London, this album is the necessary adjunct.

And what it evokes is the music which was all the rage in Phnom Penh in the palmy days of the 1960s and 1970s, before Pol Pot scorched the earth.

The group is based in California, but its lead singer Chhom Nimol – who regularly sang for the Cambodian royal family – has that slightly strangulated vocal charm which you find all over the Indo-Chinese peninsula. The accompanying DVD brings back vivid memories.