khmer instruments

skittishnerd  asked:

Please talk to me about Cambodian psychedelic rock!! You've piqued my interest!

omg it’s the fucking best.  In the late 1960s- early 1970s, Phnom Penh had a thriving rock ‘n’ roll scene, taking in American music brought by the nearby Vietnam war and combining it with traditional Khmer singing and instrumentation.  The result was some of the most creative music of the era.

Then the Khmer Rouge came in and literally killed everyone.  It’s both amazing and incredibly depressing.

listen to some here.