So far on the countup, I’ve suggested and alluded to some of the unusual instrumentations, lineups and styles that I listen to. Some bands are more conventional rock and roll. Others, like Dengue Fever, are best described using less traditional phrases, like psychedelic Cambodian surf music. As far out as that might sound, there’s a lot in most of this unconventionally-described music that will sound familiar and not too far removed from styles to which most people are well-accustomed. Nevertheless, these steps away from “normal” tend to give the music a little bit extra personality and help make a more distinct statement which is something that tends to appeal to me.
One aspect of Dengue Fever’s music that might be less accessible to most listeners is the lyrics, half of which are delivered by lead singer Chhom Nimol in her native Khmer. Like so many tattoos of Asian symbols, I have no idea what is being said in these parts of Dengue Fever’s music. But hey, some people think the tattoos look cool, even if they actually say something ridiculous. Similarly, I can get behind some fine sounding singing, even if the lyrical content is lost on me. I just hope they aren’t singing about something awful (although I would be highly amused if the lyrics were a menu at a delicious Cambodian restaurant!).