I know, we just put this Cambodia Highball album out in November of 2013. Two months ago. That’s not a whole lot of time for a record to soak in collective ears before readying a new set of tunes, but that’s just what we’re doing. I’m not sure if you got the memo, but Cambodia Highball are like a ghost band. We’re a band that haunts your ears then disappears until you least expect and then we reappear for more songs to haunt your inner ear with. We’re not a band that you can go see at the local pub, coffeehouse, record shop in-store; or opening for that “once great, now has-been” AOR rock band. We won’t be getting the crowd warmed up for Blue Oyster Cult at this summer’s ‘Concert In The Park’. Not happening. No, Cambodia Highball is a studio band. We live to create and put those creations to tape(so to speak.) The thrill for us is to let our minds wander for an afternoon, record those wanderings, and then eventually share that afternoon mind excursion -along with a collection of other mind excursions- with the world at large. Since we don’t go out and re-create our improvisational hiccups on local stages, we have more time to keep creating.
So that leads us up to this past weekend.
After a couple months hiatus from our Saturday afternoon musicscapes, we put the key into the ignition of this mammoth space machine and headed straight for the heart of the sun yet again. A pot of coffee was brewed, pedals were engaged, drums were elegantly battered, and sounds were manipulated. I have a great feeling about this next album. There’s that epic scale, the studious grandeur, and the endless dynamics that we pursued on Odd Geometry. But this time around, there’s a certain meditative calm that hangs over. This song is like a mantra, repeating itself over and over until it rolls over onto itself and becomes more than the sum of its parts. I may be a little over dramatic here, but it truly is something special. The song is called “In D”, and I think it’s a sign of things to come.
In lieu of new album previews, I will be sharing a couple songs that never made it onto an official release. The first is called “Constellation Jam”, and it really does live up to its name. It sounds like a jam session that took place in the stars. A psych freakout amongst the little dipper and Orion’s belt. We truly wanted to just create this noisy piece of space rock grandeur. I believe we did just that.
So enjoy what I have here for you and your ears. There will be more to come. In all honesty, this is what I live for. Creating music. There’s nothing more satisfying that hitting “record” and seeing what happens. Improvisation is a trial and error kind of thing, really. To truly improvise well it takes many tries. We’ve been doing this for far longer than Cambodia Highball has existed, so the formula has been tweaked many times. We’ve found what we’ve been striving for, I do believe. This next album is the next level. “In D” is our chapter one. Hopefully you will all hear the magic that we are hearing. Sleight of hand for your ears. “Hey, how did that quarter get in your ear?”