[SUB039] Rắn Cạp Đuôi -

Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế

('sleeping through the apocalypse')

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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

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Image on courtesy of Subtext Recordings

Video directed by Tôn Tôn Bo

3D Artists: BORED KID, HACHUL Video editors: ANGELO LARA

BORED KID

Photo: Răn Cạp Đuôi © An Thien Tran, Jane Pujols, Motnuamua, Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, Chopchoplemonpickle (Ki Bui)

Released on 

July 16, 2021 

Publishing: Multiverse Music

'Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế' is available on

Subtext's Bandcamp

Selected press

Pitchfork

The Quietus

Field Notes

AQNB

Esoteros

The New Noise

A Closer Listen

Radioakitv

Organ Thing

Inverted Audio

Taz

NTS Live

LOLA Magazine 

Subtext Recordings

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