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[Music] Saigon Soul Revival – Họa Âm Xưa

2019 was a great year for a soul revival, and The Saigon Soul Revival end this trend on a very high note.  From their Bandcamp site:

Saigon Soul Revival has been on a quest to reawaken the raw, enchanting sounds of 1960’s and 70’s Vietnam; a time when passionate music resonated in Saigon’s streets and clubs with messages of love, heartache, hope and freedom. Amongst the turmoil of war, there was a rich cultural climate that fused popular genres of the day like rock, soul and bolero with Vietnamese music and lyrics. This fusion of sounds that bridged east and west became forbidden after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and almost vanished. Four decades later Saigon Soul Revival was born with the initial purpose of bringing these dormant sounds back to the stage. After numerous live performances over the last 3 years, the band has developed their own sound and now, with the release of their debut album “Họa Âm Xưa”, they are ready to share it with the rest of the world. The 11 track LP, including original compositions and nostalgic reinterpretations, blends traditional Vietnamese elements with modern concepts, featuring pre ‘75 and current artists, all while remaining firmly rooted in the “nhạc vàng” (golden music) of the time. Meaning “Old Harmonies”, Saigon Soul Revival is proud to present “Họa Âm Xưa” as a tribute to the artists and composers of the time that inspired them to create this marriage between past and present. 

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[Music] Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective – Libyan Circle Voice Simulation


 
Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective are Ho Chi Minh City’s finest experimental group.  Their sound reminds me of the lo-fi bedroom vibe Xpressway Records in New Zealand had.  Think of projects run by Roy Montgomery, like Dadamah, to get an idea of how wonderfully drony this material is.
 

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[Sample] Phạm Mộng Hải – For the Fallen

Phạm Mộng Hải is yet another new name to me. Vietnam seems rich in musical talent, but there simply isn’t enough information on artists from the country available in a language I can decipher.

Still, many thanks to Glitterbeat Records for enlightening the world with this release.