2011: A Space Odyssey

2011: A Space Odyssey

by Cambodian Space Project
     
 
The Cambodian Space Project is neither entirely Cambodian (its members also hail from Australia and France) nor is its sound particularly spacy (on the contrary, it's a sort of charmingly trashy retro-rock that borders at times on straight-up garage punk). But the group's sound is dominated, very much for the better, by the

Overview

The Cambodian Space Project is neither entirely Cambodian (its members also hail from Australia and France) nor is its sound particularly spacy (on the contrary, it's a sort of charmingly trashy retro-rock that borders at times on straight-up garage punk). But the group's sound is dominated, very much for the better, by the vocals of Srey Thy, and since her melodies are frequently embellished in a melismatic Southeast Asian fashion and her lyrics are all sung in Cambodian, this debut album ends up sounding like a sonic explosion of cultures and time periods. Thy's voice is a revelation: simultaneously childlike and powerful, it sounds like that of a beautiful bird with tattoos and a Mohawk. The band itself is doing some interesting things, but isn't doing them very consistently: "Snaeha Doc Toek Kmom" is pleasantly ragged, and Thy's vocals are brilliant, and the shared solo between a clarinet and a fuzzbox guitar is great. And "Chom 10 Kae Theav" is plenty of sharp, punky fun. But the 1960s surf-blues of "Rom Chong Vat a Go Go" just feels recycled, and the trou ou solo on "Kolos Srey Chaom" is way too short, pointing up what may be the fundamental problem with this band's sound: it layers Western elements on top of Eastern ones, but never quite integrates them. Putting Thy's marvelous voice up front was the right move. Creating a more seamless blend of sounds behind her might take them to the next level. In the meantime, there's plenty of weird, surrealist fun to be had on their debut album.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Metal Postcard
UPC:
0797734294743
catalogNumber:
30

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cambodian Space Project   Primary Artist
Scott Bywater   Guitar,Percussion,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Julien Poulson   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Yun Theara   Ching
Srey Thy   Vocals
Ken White   Harmonica
Gildas Marroneaud   Bass
Gaëtan Crespel   Accordion
Bun Hong   Clarinet,Background Vocals
Bong Sak   Drums
Adam Miller   Percussion

Technical Credits

Shocking Blue   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pan Ron   Composer
Ros Sereysothea   Composer,Lyricist
Julien Poulson   Producer,Cover Design
Sarin Chuon   Engineer
Cambodian Space Project   Composer
Voy Ho   Composer
Srey Thy   Composer
Sam At Cheng   Engineer
Kong Boran   Engineer
Has Halan   Composer
Chuon Sarin   Studio Manager

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