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Boomkat Product Review:
Another treasure trove from Death is Not the End, "Wounds of Love" collects 1960s slow rock, pop and R&B 7"s from Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Super moving stuff, that digs deeper and more meticulously than similar sets from Sublime Frequencies et al.
This bumper set unearths music that's rarely heard on this side of the world. During the 1960s, Phnom Penh was flooded by music: rock and pop records from the UK and USA, and chanson and bolero 45s from France and Latin America. The result was these sounds being absorbed into the country's musical landscape, which until that time was mostly influenced by Hindu forms and classical dance.
"Wounds of Love" looks at the Phnom Penh scene before the widely-known garage rock boom of the late 1960s, and it's a revelation. These songs are slow and romantic, undoubtedly inspired by pop and rock trends but spiked with a unique Khmer element that sets them in their own dimension. Gorgeous stuff.