The Monday travel song: I’m Sixteen by The Cambodian Space Project

I propose to start every new week with a song that takes us somewhere in the world.

This week, I am again delighted to have the honour to attend a gig from a band I have known for a few years but never had the chance to see. Something that I want to celebrate in a Monday playlist that takes us to Cambodia!

The Cambodian Space Project is a band with a Cambodian singer and musicians from abroad that claims to play a sort of Khmer psychedelic rock.

Part of the uniqueness of this band is that is also recycles sounds from the 1960s Cambodian pop, covering songs from artists that have been murdered or eliminated by the Khmer Rouges.

To quote Julien Poulson, one of the band’s co-founders:

We do a cover of ‘House of the Rising Sun’. In [another] country for a band it would be a very silly, overblown and obvious cover, but in the context of a female Cambodian singer, taking the lyrics from Sinn Sisamouth who did an astonishing version of it in the Sixties, it has an incredible power.

I can’t wait until tomorrow night and their gig at the Camden Jazz Cafe!

Have a great week!

This post is part of a weekly event called The Monday Travel song. You can participate, too, by doing the following:

  • Create your own post every Monday and title it The Monday travel song: xxx by xxx
  • Include a link to a song (YouTube link or other)
  • It must be a song which is linked to a geography. For example, a Russian song, a Chinese song, a Scottish song… (it can be from your own country every now and then, but remember the purpose is to get others to virtually travel!)
  • Your post doesn’t have to be long, but do tell us a little bit about the song… for example by telling about the lyrics, about the composer, about the style…
  • Include a link to my own Monday travel song in your post tag it “Monday-travel-song” so others can find it too
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