The Deepest Lake
US Asians: How was the trust developed between yourself and the band (recognizing that at the time, your ability to communicate in English was very limited) – acknowledging that your entourage (Cambodian friends/relatives) came with you to the band’s initial meetings/rehearsals with the band to learn of the band’s true intentions, the lyrics/music of their original songs they proposed to translate (acknowledging that your parents were wedding singers, considering your family members included several renowned singers from the 1970s that remembered the pioneers of the Cambodian rock scene of the 1960s, your history of being a well-known karaoke singer in Cambodia, singing for the King and Queen of Cambodia and after winning a televised contest in the early 1990s) – and after the band’s first performances that thrilled Cambodian and American audiences?
Chhom Nimol: I'm very fortunate I was surrounded with people who were able to provide me actual interpretation of the band's intention. From any woman's perspective it was hard to trust four guys (Zac, Ethan, Senon, and Paul) approaching with a bizarre idea. The songs they proposed were classic Khmer rock, I thought it would be a challenging project. I'd sung some of the songs before, but not the way the band wanted to play.
Live Performance of "Sober Driver"
Performance provides a eclectic pop styling that many American audiences are drawn to. With an English-speaking context, it draws upon classic Cambodian pop traditions that existed during the 1960's and was hear over the Armed Services radio stations throughout Southeast Asia.
The guys' patience shows in our performances. Their hard work in adjusting with my limited ability to English amazes both Cambodian and American listeners.
US Asians: What were your and your family’s thoughts of your reconnecting with your Cambodian fan base, especially considering since many of the stars of Cambodian popular music were killed or disappeared during the rule of the Khmer Rouge that you honored when you light a candle onstage to honor those killed by the Khmer Rouge?
Chhom Nimol: I did not get to see the interview made by Prach Ly, but I know he is a talented artist. In the mid 1970's it was an emotional time for all Cambodians, a mixture of this feeling, the fans and the drive of my bandmates is my biggest influence.
02 – No Sudden Moves
03 – Rom Say Sok
04 – Ghost Voice
05 – Deepest Lake on the Planet
06 – Cardboard Castles
07 – Vacant Lot
08 – Still Waters Run Deep
09 – Taxi Dancer
10 – Golden Flute