Song of the Day: Dara Chom Chan

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Dengue Fever exploded into the American rock scene several years ago with an exotic mix of reverb-drenched indie guitars, lyrics in the Cambodian language of Khmer and a steamy, exotic lounge vibe. Venus on Earth was a top album in 2008.

Even with stateside success, the band has never cut its roots, releasing a combination of new music and Cambodian tracks on last year's Dengue Fever Presents Sleepwalking Through the Mekong. They return here with a collection of rare Cambodian gems -- kind of a southeastern Asian version of the Nuggets comps.