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Mong Tong samples traditional sounds of Southeast Asian streets for new EP

‘Tao Fire 道火’ is a rich & rhythmic journey through the region’s cultural landscape

  • Adrianna Cheung
  • 6 July 2023
Mong Tong samples traditional sounds of Southeast Asian streets for new EP

‘Tao Fire 道火’ is the latest album by Taiwan-based psychedelic trio, Mong Tong, released via Guruguru Brain on June 30.

The thirteen-track EP is a genre-bending production that continues the idea behind Mong Tong’s previous work, ‘Indies 印’, showcasing an experimental and rhythmic approach.

Their latest offering is infused with a fresh blend of exotic elements; some of which may adversely seem a bit familiar to those in the Southeast Asia region.

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With ‘Tao Fire 道火’, Mong Tong invites listeners into a subtropical world filled with heat, crowds, humidity and a sense of ecstasy. Expect to hear a distinct reverberation of local elements throughout the release; from gamelan music to phin guitar, tabla drums and Taiwan sisomi, Mong Tong has masterfully integrated traditional sounds into their unique style to create a rich and immersive musical experience.

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Drawing from the abundance of vibrant sounds found in the streets of Southeast Asia, the band incorporates a diverse range of audio elements into their music taken from wedding celebrations to funerals and other traditional festivities, which takes listeners on a sonic journey through the cultural landscape of the region. Watch the official music video for the track 'Tropic Sub' below.

‘Tao Fire 道火’ by Mong Tong is available for purchase; order it here.

Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.

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