Phnom Skor are a four-piece ‘dirty blues’ outfit based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Most of the songs they perform are originals, written by the band. The name is Khmer for ‘sugar mountain’.
‘Dirty blues’ refers not to the lyrics but to the distinctive, deliberately lo-fi yet in many respects technically masterful sound. Part punk, part grunge, part eerie, with devilish dissonance and baroque overtones, it is always informed and inspired by back-to-the-roots Delta blues. Overdriven acoustic slide guitar, minor open tunings, a scratchy 1930s-style Dobro and full-blooded Les Paul pair with sublime bass lines, carefully orchestrated drum rhythms, and growling, gritty blues vocals.