Wielding vintage synthesizers, surf guitar, dubbed out bass lines, and tribal percussion, the duo create tranquilized post-chillwave psych-tronica that's cinematic, immersive, and effortlessly cool.
Recorded in their home studio in Taipei, “Mystery 秘神” is a psychedelic journey into Taiwanese folklore combined with the 80’s media obsession with the supernatural. It’s a record that manages to combine nostalgia and tradition with humour and an underlying intrinsic earthiness to create something unlike anything else out there.
Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi also play in Prairie WWWW (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. They both returned to Taipei in 2017 after finishing their studies and before long began to explore their mutual obsession for Taiwanese occult-inspired art and vintage superstitious imagery, channelling it through music. Mong Tong means many things in Chinese, but the translation they choose to fit their music is “the east-side of dreams”.
Growing up in Taiwan in the 90’s, the brothers listen to 電子琴音樂 which they describe as “relaxing Chinese synth pop” along with video game soundtracks, psychedelic music, doom metal and sound collage/library music. On “Mystery秘神” these inspirations combine with the dark humour of Taiwanese folklore and a love of conspiracy theories to form what they describe as “a psychedelic journey to the east.”
released June 19, 2020
All songs arranged by Mong Tong
Mixed by Mong Tong
Mastered by Soushi Mizuno @ Studio Mass, Tokyo
Produced by Mong Tong
Big thanks to Li-yang from Scattered Purgatory
I first heard this album with tea in my hand, the sun shining through the late winter day and fungus in my mind. It was the most content I'd felt with existence.
I have now just woken to the sound of the last track having fallen asleep with the album on repeat, it affected my dreams so beautifully. There's a tear in my eye, everything is fine. wideeyedtoad
If you were in an industrial accident in the rubber bullet factory at which you are a shift supervisor, but for whatever reason that particular day you decided to use all your braided rawhide leather belts to sandwich pillows around your body instead of wearing clothes to work, and by so doing you survive the accident... this is that, but more guitar-forward. woe_bonnet
Simply one of my favorite albums in contemporary music. Every single track sets a different mood, and they're all quite dreamy. If you can, I highly recommend seeing these guys live as well. It's quite the experience. jaylecavalier