In 2012, L.A.-based Cambodian rock band Dengue Fever joined the growing ranks of recording artists taking control of the business side of their craft by founding their own record label, Tuk Tuk Records. They've since reissued most of their early catalog through Tuk Tuk, including their long out-of-print 2003 self-titled debut, along with a pair of new EPs.
Now, they've announced plans to release their first full-length album on Tuk Tuk, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Cannibal Courtship. The album, called The Deepest Lake, is due out January 27, 2015, and marks another milestone for the band: It will be Dengue Fever's first release since Cambodian-born lead singer Chhom Nimol became a U.S. citizen just last month. (Adorable image from her naturalization ceremony after the jump.)
L.A. Weekly is happy to premiere the first song released from The Deepest Lake, “No Sudden Moves,” below.
In classic Dengue Fever style, “No Sudden Moves” combines an East-meets-West pop melody and Chhom's haunting vocals with psychedelic rock, surf guitars and Afrobeat-inspired horns. But throws in an unexpected twist in the form of a half-sung, half-rapped bridge — one of many surprises the band promises to have in store.
“The Deepest Lake is probably our most challenging record to date,” Dengue Fever bassist Senon Williams said via a press release. “We are entering our second decade together as a band and wanted to explore some ideas we’d experimented with in the past to try and capture a more expressive sound.”
The Deepest Lake is available for pre-order via Amazon. Dengue Fever plans to announce a world tour in early 2015 to support the release.