Friday 2 September 2016


Here's a little something heard whilst watching MTV Vietnam, the latest song from Hoàng Thùy Linh, a Vietnamese singer who is "well known", according to Wikipedia, for her sex tape. She was at that point starring in an interactive sitcom called Vàng Anh’s Diary, but this was cancelled essentially because of said sex tape, the last episode that was aired (2007) being a pre-recorded talk show with Thùy Linh in which she apologised for her actions. Very harsh, we say.

Fast-forward 9 years and here we are in 2016. The song in question, 'Bánh Trôi Nước (Woman)', is a spacious whirlwind of whooshing sounds, glittering synth and fresh forested percussion, Thùy Linh's voice stretching into the distance, crooning and acrobatic, sampled throughout for elastic ad-lib firings. It's based on a poem called "The Floating Cake" (the meaning of 'Bánh Trôi Nước', and an actual dessert) by female poet Hồ Xuân Hương (1772–1822). The song's producer, Long Halo, creates an atmosphere of far-off wanderings and half-forgotten echoes, jungles leaning in to listen and whisper with the percussive shiverings and clangings, rapid-fire clip-cloppings giving way to a sludgy, punchy dubstep beat towards the end.

The mystique of this song, the clean snares, the drip-drop clicking percussion, the syncopated chords, the general luscious atmosphere fogged with reverb, the vocals flowing long and liquid, heaping sounds into an intense explosive storm of sound, it's a surprise and we welcome those with open arms.

  • 'Bánh Trôi Nước' is taken from the S.I.X EP, a 6 track collaboration between Thùy Linh (4 tracks) and Triple D (2 tracks). You can purchase that or any of its songs on iTunes if you like.

Hoàng Thùy Linh Internet Presence ☟

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