Sizzling with psyche rock and Cambodian pop, Dengue Fever have long been a staple of the Los Angeles dance and music scene. The six-piece band (led by Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol and American musicians Zac and Ethan Holtzman), churn out addictively moving tropical tunes in the vein of vintage ’60s surf karaoke and modern indie-electronica.
Together since 2001, Dengue Fever this month unleash their fifth studio album, The Deepest Lake, which marks a turn in style for the veteran rockers. Dengue Fever perform Friday at City Winery Napa with beat-boxing cellist CelloJoe and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser opening.
The Deepest Lake is Dengue Fever’s first album in over four years, a long stretch that saw the group move in new world-music directions in the interim. In addition to their signature Cambodian pop sound, Dengue Fever explore African percussion and hip-hop, and offer extended psychedelic jams throughout the record. It’s their most complex collection, and one that takes chances with a melodically rich palette whose payoff is embodied in newly expansive songs.
Dengue Fever turn up the heat Friday,
Feb. 6, at City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $15–$18. 707.260.1600.