I really like this band. The sound is minimalist yet familiar and meaningful. Mon Khmer is a Brooklyn-based five-some lead by vocalist/guitarist Hammarsing, who is also fluent in Mon Khmer, a grouping of indigenous Southeast Asian languages.
The songs are edgy yet laid back, slightly aggressive at times but will suddenly slip into short bursts of joy. They remind me a lot of White Rabbits.
And you have to love a band that has a “devastating secret weapon.” According to the band’s bio:
Dave Kaye equips Mon Khmer with a devastating secret weapon, by adding his pedal steel touch layering the songs with beautiful sweeping hooking sounds.
Mon Khmer’s self-titled debut, which was released in February, is vinyl-only, 10-song goodness. The band is playing at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday with Beach Fossils and Midnight Masses for The Deli’s Best Of NYC Fest. More details here and take a listen below…