The Cambodian Space Project: Whiskey Cambodia (2014)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Cambodian Space Project: Whiskey Cambodia (2014)

No, and thanks for pointing it out: We didn't go too deeply into the vaults for this one. It came out about five years ago on the album of the same name by this group which sometimes covers classic rock songs (Creedence's Proud Mary, House of the Rising Sun etc) in its own idiosyncratic style with Srey Thy singing in her native language.

That's the gimmicky end of this group which was founded by Tasmanian musician Julien Poulson when he heard Thy singing covers in a bar in Phnom Penh in 2009.

Of more interest is when they cover Cambodian songs of the Sixties or, as in the case of this remarkable song, when Thy writes originals.

The album version is so long (about 10 minutes) that it won't load onto Elsewhere so I've just found a You Tube clip of it which gives the flavour.

With its drone and low mood in the backdrop it sounds like some eerie revision of the Doors' The End, but Thy's soaring vocal elevates it into the stratosphere. It appeared on the recent and much recommended compilation The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia of 2014 alongside great voices from the Sixties. (And the bonus disc with that collection was a whole Cambodian Space Project album).

Just click the video -- there are no moving images -- and lie back. 

For more one-off, oddities or songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Tole Puddle: Frodo (1973)

Tole Puddle: Frodo (1973)

From the late Sixties and far too far into the Seventies, the world was awash with bands -- mostly British -- who were immersed in Tolkien lore. Some like Led Zeppelin and T. Rex managed to... > Read more

The Beatles: Three Cool Cats (1962)

The Beatles: Three Cool Cats (1962)

Among the many odd things about the Beatles audition for Decca Records on January 1 1962 wasn't that the company's Dick Rowe famously turned them down saying they sounded too much like the Shadows... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BOB DYLAN: DESIRE, CONSIDERED (1976): To the valley below . . . and beyond

BOB DYLAN: DESIRE, CONSIDERED (1976): To the valley below . . . and beyond

In the collective memory, Bob Dylan's Desire album of '76 comes between the exceptional Blood on the Tracks and is sandwiched between the two legs of his Rolling Thunder Review of late '75 and... > Read more

Thailand and Vietnam: Things have changed

Thailand and Vietnam: Things have changed

Good news came by e-mail: Raymond is in touch again. The last time I saw him was a year ago when he was managing a luxury hotel in Thailand's Golden Triangle. He was a young and handsome Swiss guy... > Read more