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The Cambodian Space Project new LP Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Cambodian Space Project have a new LP, their second, Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll scheduled for release in September 2012, I am in the fortunate position of having had the opportunity to listen to the album just after it returned from mastering, so there may be some more changes before the final version heads out.

The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock 'n' Roll

The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock 'n' Roll

The ten track release opens with the album titled Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll, which begins with a Spanish guitar intro, before the recognizable vocals of Srey Thy emerge accompanied by Flamenco riven instrumentation with SE Asian tempo. The Cambodian Space Project inject this initial track with more than enough intrigue to keep the ears tuned and looking forward to the rest of the LP.

Baby Lady Boy which audiences may have seen in recent live performances is a wallow in to psychedelic rock which leaves the body swaying gently in time and can be heard and seen in the full Cambodian Space Project review already published.

Delving in to soul funk, once again the body shakes with Funky Song, that focuses on a Western instrumental delivery with brief jazz trumpet interludes which sit like warming gloves.

Wah Wah Wah, the LP is littered with such nomenclature but don’t be fooled, is  five minutes of thought provoking melanges of influences from across the world of music. The Souk sits within a rock ballad. The head keeps anticipating a snake to rear its head from the basket whilst the focus should be on the drum driven guitar whirls.

The album retains this discordance of influence with Cut Your Beard, which draws on touches of Ennio Morricone scores, whilst a relaxed Country track pops out of the corner all wrapped within vocal power. A delight.

Cha Cha Cha, I did mention the titles, is far more SE Asian influenced as the band pulls out a different tool-set of instruments and the feet are once again set to dance mode whilst the vocal lays encased in a bed of roses.

Bang Bang is an intriguing piece, which I think raises the release to a new height as this impacts at an emotional level far more powerfully than the preceding tracks, the pièce de résistance. I would recommend the album on the strength of this track alone.

A romanticism feel appears within Lady Killer and the larynx can’t help but want to join in a delightful showcase for the vocal.

All of a sudden we are on the penultimate track, La La La, which recollects the album title as we are back in rock and roll territory, this is a fun track that just demands the red brothel-creepers make a reappearance out of the wardrobe. Sublime and thank you The Cambodian Space Project, yet another superb piece.

Finishing with Rom Vong, finishing the album Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll this is a step in to big easy country as the Americana riffs emerge whilst the listener is taken to an wide open dance floor for the finale which neatly concludes a tour across the arena that is The Cambodian Space Project.

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