[SUB039] Rắn Cạp Đuôi -
Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế
('sleeping through the apocalypse')
digital strategy & press
From the press-release:
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Rắn Cạp Đuôi have been challenging their city's perception of sound art and musical experimentation since 2015, when they were all just 16 years old. Made up of multi- instrumentalist and composer Phạm Thế Vũ, bassist and producer jung buffalo (aka Đỗ Tấn Sĩ) and multi- instrumentalist and producer Zach Sch, RCĐ write and perform music that's experimental not for experimentation's sake, but because they're thirsty for fresh combinations of sounds and techniques.
The trio's debut "Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế" is a surreal and psychedelic thrill-ride through Vietnamese traditions and culture; co-produced by Berlin's Ziúr, it's a firework display of history, genre and complex emotionality that's daubed expressionistically with absurdist humour.
The band wields a breathless energy that's been honed from relentless live performance. Notorious improvisers, they performed at a local gallery for two days without breaks.
On "Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế", this is routed into a series of interlocking vignettes that melt layered collages of samples with pop and trap, and unique infusions of traditional music with the raw power of Boredoms, Ecco2k and Otomo Yoshihide.
Reflecting pools of liquid ambience are channelled through beating percussion and alien electronics, while chattering voices twist and turn through scorched digital wreckage. Themes and harmonies fluidly mutate from traditional Vietnamese music forms and into cataclysmic pressurized club.
The album was mostly penned by Zach Sch following the death of his father, but refuses to dwell on darkness, instead offering a multi-faceted celebration of life. Fleshed out by jung buffalo, Spencer Nguyen, and Phạm Thế Vũ to reflect the kinetic communication of the group’s dynamic, the tracks were subsequently reduced to a cinder by Ziúr, who beamed them into the fifth dimension.
"Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế " is a vivid, unique record that introduces a powerful new force in experimental music. By raking through the distant past's cultural artifacts and reshaping them with contemporary cybernetics, Rắn Cạp Đuôi’s music plots a course to the far future.
Tracks written by Zach Sch; co-produced by Ziúr
Lyrics written by and vocals on tracks 2,6,8 Phạm Thế Vũ Instrumental recording engineer for tracks 2,3,4,7,8 by Đỗ Tấn Sĩ
Vocals on tracks 1,5,8 by Vũ Thanh Vân
Co-production on Track 8 by Spencer Nguyen
Instruments on tracks 3,4,6,7,8 by Phạm Thế Vũ, Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, and Zach Sch
Mixed and Mastered by: James Ginzburg
Cover art: Trần Uy Đức
Image on courtesy of Subtext Recordings
Video directed by Tôn Tôn Bo
3D Artists: BORED KID, HACHUL Video editors: ANGELO LARA
Photo: Răn Cạp Đuôi © An Thien Tran, Jane Pujols, Motnuamua, Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, Chopchoplemonpickle (Ki Bui)
Publishing: Multiverse Music
'Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế' is available on