Dengue Fever was formed in 2001 by brothers Zac and Ethan Holtzman, after the latter returned to the US from a trip to Cambodia. Blending the 60s underground rock sounds of the two countries, the band found their perfect frontwoman in Chom Nimol, who was already well known in Cambodia but wanted to move to America.
They released their eponymous debut album in 2003, on which all songs were performed in Khmer, many being covers of Cambodian rock tracks. As time went on, more original music crept into their set, and by the third album, ‘Venus On Earth’, Nimol had begun singing some songs in English.
In 2005, the band toured Cambodia, playing shows and also meeting local musicians on the way. This was all captured on their fantastic documentary, ‘Sleepwalking Through The Mekong’, which not only shows parts of modern Cambodian life rarely seen by Westerners, but also delves into its rich musical history. The bonus features on the DVD are worth the money alone, and that’s before we even mention the soundtrack CD that also comes with it.
Earlier this year, the band released their fourth studio album, ‘Cannibal Courtship’, which once again finds them on top form, further exploring their unique sound, which continues to develop and find new paths a decade into their career.
CMU asked co-founders Ethan and Zac Holtzman, who play guitar and keyboards respectively, along with bassist Senon Williams, to compile a Powers Of Ten playlist.
Find out why they chose each of these tracks <a href="http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/dengue-fevers-powers-of-ten-playlist/">here</a>.