After many attempts at a cohesive musical collaboration, which over the years includes beer-thwarted jam sessions, long distance, musical differences, and general malaise, Cambodia Highball has finally taken flight. It’s been a long, worn road for sure, but the musical weirdness that myself, J. Hubner, and graphic designer and musician Shane Darin Page call Cambodia Highball is in full swing. We’re far from being done with a full-length LP, but after only a month of Saturday afternoon jam and improv sessions we’re extremely excited with the results.
Four songs in so far, and the musical styles range from ambient and atmospheric to dark and psychedelic. There’s beat up rock n’ roll, and dreamy pop flourishes. There’s no set agenda or genre that we’re going for. What we’re after is the process of creation being documented. Pollack splattering the paint, as it were. Artists like Can, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane fed our inspiration to lock into improvisational grooves; while Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, and the Flaming Lips gave us a platform for expansiveness and taking a song as far as it wants to go. There’s definitely some psych rock and stoner rock tendencies(as you’ll hear), but Cambodia Highball isn’t about genres or sub-genres. More than anything, we just love making music with no distractions. No agendas. No limitations. If we had a mission statement, it would read simply: “Let the music take you where it may.”
Cambodia Highball is J. Hubner and Shane Darin Page. Each song represents one recording session. Everything is improvised, recorded, engineered, and mixed in one afternoon with no tinkering after the fact. “I Told You I Was Broken” is the first release from the full-length debut. It was mastered by J. Hubner at Basement Sound.