Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gruff stuff

The latest gruff offering from krom is out on video. It's called The Ying. The words are from one of the region's best crime writers Christopher G Moore and the voice of Sophea Chamroeun, one of the dancers from Cambodian Living Arts, sings the chorus. The gravelly, gruff sounds come from Christopher Minko. Hmmm. This is their fourth video-song, the second of which, Bangkok Tattoo, included Belle, another dancer, in the video. Talking of Belle, she gets a six page spread and a front cover splash in the latest edition of AsiaLIFE magazine just out, in a story about Cambodia's contemporary dance scene.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily you didn't link to it, because it's absolutely awful. As is everything from Krom! Feel sorry for the poor girl who had to sing that ridiculous "chorus". "I love you like a monkey"... Oh dear...

November 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I purposely didn't link to it for that reason. I can't believe anyone would like to listen to Mr Minko singing. He sounds like me when I sing in the shower. And I know no-one would want to listen to me. Krom will be releasing an album I take it you won't be rushing out to buy it? They call themselves a 'cult' band. Maybe its just one big joke; I'm really not sure. 'Semen stained floors' is not a line you normally find in a song. Actually the 'love you like a monkey' grew on me after a few plays...:-)

November 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me to be one huge vanity project which isn't surprising if you've ever come across Minko. The joke will be on him when nobody either comes to his show or buys his album. The sad thing is that folks like Belle and Sophea are collaborating with him. Awful. Awful. Awful. Thanks for not linking Andy!

November 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Phnom Pehn Places said...

It seems that anonymous is someone with an ax to grind. Chris has done amazing work in Cambodia over the last couple of decades and i guess that attracts a certain amount of jealousy.If you don't like the music nobody is forcing you to listen, or click on any links. I liked his first single a lot myself, not so crazy about the others.

November 6, 2011 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous James said...

The chorus with the girl singing about monkey love is quite catchy.

That could be sampled by a DJ and turned into some kind of psychedelic techno hip hop song. With a bit of radio play it could even make the lower end of the top 40 in somewhere like Germany where even David Hasslehoff can get a number 1.

In terms of the bloke I think that Bangkok Tattoo was a better song for him but that was a really WEIRD video though.

Not sure where they are going with this but a lot of people dream of getting the chance of recording songs and videos, both Khmer and foreigners alike.

In Cambodia you can make your dreams come true, mainly because of low production costs rather than high demand...

This is the link and I think if people are going to call it awful then it is only fair to give your other readers a chance to have a listen and make up their own minds:

November 8, 2011 at 11:49 PM  

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