Mong Tong - Mystery 秘神 (LP) - Guruguru Brain - GGB-022
Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi returned to Taipei in 2017 after finishing their studies. Since then they began to explore their mutual obsession for Taiwanese occult-inspired art and vintage superstitious imagery, channeling 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 ’90s, 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 humor of Taiwanese folklore and a love of conspiracy theories to form what they describe as “a psychedelic journey to the east.”
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 humor and an underlying intrinsic earthiness to create something unlike anything else out there.