Escape From Dragon House (Deluxe Version)

Dengue Fever

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Rock, World Music
Tuk Tuk Records
May 26, 2017

Format: Compact Disc



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Dengue Fever's sophomore album Escape From Dragon House is set was originally released in 2005 and features some of their best know material. Reissued in a deluxe format in May 2017 with four additional bonus tracks added to the original release, this album has never been released outside of the United States & Canada. Bonus tracks include remix from Grammy nominated American progressive and electro house DJ and music producer Morgan page.

For their sophomore album, Dengue Fever switch away from their nearly all-covers repertoire to try something a little more bold -- writing originals while still developing their rock-music-into-Cambodian-pop-and-back-again approach. It's actually a good move in order to escape from lingering questions of "just" being a museum piece of a group. Happily the six-piece step up, introducing an interesting curveball as well with a newly professed interest in the upbeat, horn-driven Ethiopian pop/funk/rock of the '60s and '70s collected in the Ethiopiques series. Though one could cynically wonder if the band is going to end up incorporating a new retro scene per album, Dengue Fever clearly are out to entertain by whatever means, and by putting a slew of things together, create something new and unexpected. Chhon Nimol's singing is again top-notch, even slipping in a bit of hip-hop flow on "Sui Bong," while her greater fluency in English also creates more of a truly unique sound for the band. The Holtzman brothers again provide the musical core, with Ethan's work on organ providing the kind of smoky funk appropriate to the proceedings. Zac's guitar adds good crunch, but it's the strength of the overall arrangements that truly matters the most, as songs slip from bass/drum breakdowns to horn-driven explosions of joy. Standout moments include the nervous, almost early Cure-style introduction to "Tap Water," the beautiful ballad "Sleepwalking Through the Mekong," and the acid-trip drama of "One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula," which deserves to be a neo-psychedelic classic. The one cover this time around, "Tip My Canoe," is of legendary Cambodian singer Ros Serey Sothea, with Zac duetting with Nimol, a feat they repeat in English, Nimol taking the lead, on the passionate "Made of Steam." It would be striking to see what Dengue Fever could do with engaging fusions of the current day -- there are pop, techno, and hip-hop numbers worldwide as joyfully inspired and specifically local as those older songs the group adores. No matter, though, so long as the band keeps creating such excellent work. (AMG 2005)

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Key Value
Catalogue number TT002CD
Barcode 0020286221951
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 68g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. We Were Gonna 03:20:00
2. Sni Bong 04:26:00
3. Tip My Canoe 04:43:00
4. Tap Water 04:04:00
5. Sleepwalking Through The Mekong 03:38:00
6. One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula 06:41:00
7. Escape From Dragon House 04:21:00
8. Made Of Steam 05:54:00
9. Lake Dolores 04:15:00
10. Saran Wrap 02:47:00
11. Hummingbird 05:06:00
12. Escape From Dragon House (Napster Sesssions 2006) 04:16:00
13. Made Of Steam (Mechanial Pencil Remix) 06:24:00
14. Sleepwalking Through The Mekong (Morgan Page Remix) 05:29:00
15. Sni Ha (Napster Session 2006) 03:14:00