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TITLE
2011: A Space Odyssey
FORMAT
CD

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METAL 030CD METAL 030CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/13/2011

The Cambodian Space Project unleash their psychedelic Khmer-rock from the jungles of Cambodia onto the rest of the world with their debut album 2011: A Space Odyssey. Since 2009, the band has taken Cambodia by storm, becoming the King of Cambodia's favorite band in the process and the unofficial state band. They've even played to Hillary Clinton during her visit to Cambodia. Based in Phnom Penh, The Cambodian Space Project are fronted by the playfully charismatic and vocally gifted Srey Thy and made up of Australian, French and Cambodian musicians. A culture-clash of sorts, the band combines traditional Khmer songs and instrumentation with western rock 'n' roll (originally imported by American G.I's back in the 1960s & '70s), creating their own unique place in the musical landscape. Recorded in Cambodia, the album was made as a tribute to the musicians of Cambodia's musical golden-age, building on the legacy of the likes of Ros Sereysothea, Sin Sisamouth and Pan Ron. Most tracks on the album were originally written for or by these three legends of Cambodian music, and CSP reworked them with a Western edge. The cross pollination of cultures is perhaps best highlighted on the track "Kolos Srey Chaom" ("Love Gold"), on which Sry Thy sings the words from a Ros Sereysothea track over Dutch rock band Shocking Blue's classic "I'm Your Venus." The band formed in 2009 when Australian musician and film producer Julien Poulson visited Phnom Penh looking for Cambodian musicians to work with. He stumbled across lead vocalist Srey Thy singing in a karaoke bar and was instantly taken with her. A couple of months later she was part of a band and The Cambodian Space Project was born. This 30 minute long mini-album is housed in an 8-panel digipak.