Onslaught

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onslaught COVER

Michael Nhat – “Onslaught”

Dear Dearists,

Today I am excited to announce the recording of “Onslaught”. A 13 track album written and produced by myself. I have had the artwork, title, and sound I knew I wanted since 2007, but it’s taken me 7 years to make this happen. It was worth the wait. Let me tell you about each song.

1. “The Wrong Charlie To Fuck With”
This is about racism. I was determined to make something that was in the same vain of “The Wrong Nigga To Fuck With” by Icecube. Nailed it!

2. “Skin Hanging Off”
In middle school I had a handful of obsessions. One of them was horror films. This song talks about how I built a life-scale Freddy Krueger Claw from scratch.

3. “Don’t We Pay For Splatter?”
I have abandonment issues. I don’t let my guard down these days. I think it’s because I did as a child and was hurt. I think I got attached to some foster siblings and this is about the consequences of that. It’s about a best friend who was like a brother to me. We lived together. We went through the same racism together. And in the end he left too, and my reaction was beating him with a bike chain lock.

4. “Holy Smoke” 
I get high. I get so high that it’s dangerous for me because I black out right where I am standing. This is about the dangers of landing after falling. It seems I’ve landed and left dents in doors or almost land with my face on the corner of a cinder black.

5. “I’m Acrophobic”
I made a beat that ended with some intense noise. I must have been high. I was listening to get some ideas to write about and the conclusion made me think of falling. I thought, maybe this is the harsh sounds of wind we’d hear from first hand experience. I became so engulfed in that happening to me, that I started to cry. So I started writing about that. Falling and fear of heights.

6. Bucktooth (Awkward Japanese Troops)
When I was a child I remember watching Bugs Bunny. I remember every now and then an older cartoon of his would play and it’d have these racist caricatures of Japanese Soldiers. I remember feeling confused. I didn’t understand it at first, but as I got older I realized I don’t live in a country that wants to see Asian-Americans succeed. 

7. “Chong Kim
This is a true story about young woman who was tricked and forced into prostitution and escaped it years later. I have a strong empathy for women. I think I am a closet feminist.

8. “The Plates Full Of Insects”
The first verse is about signing up to hear an audible sound that kills you with decibels. It was inspired by a Japanese cyber-punk film “Rubber’s Lover“. The second verse is about these horrific thoughts I was having for a few months straight of my penis getting sliced up by razors. I later realize the pain in my penis after rough sex was was inspiring me to think about pain in that area. I did not enjoy the pain, but every now and then it makes me scared someone is going to razor up me up in my sleep.

9. “We Got Hammers That Replace Our Hands”
I didn’t realize it until after i finished this song, but it resembles an old song of mine people used to like “Everyone Knows Werewolves Kill”, but better. This is also the first song I recorded for “Onslaught”.

10. “Be Afraid Of The Old”
I performed this once and sent the lyrics in a mass email like this in 2010. I finally recorded it this year. I knew it was going to go on this album. It’s a rebuttal to family, friends that say “You’re never going to make it”. Or “Get a real job”. Every unsuccessful musician with support like that should hear this. It’s a shame to see talent get talked into quitting by the people you think will be there for you. I hope this song gives you something to think about when people you know doubt you and your passion or creative endeavors.

11. “Birth To Something That Isn’t Human”
Have you seen “Eraserhead” by David Lynch? This is my cover of that film. That’s right a cover. I didn’t go the “feel-good” route with this one. I wanted it to have a haunting stab of strings to match the terrifying content and overall theme.

12. “A Song About Racism For Asians”
The title says it all.

13. “Praying For Time”
When I finished the album I knew I wanted a cover song to end it. I recorded Nirvana’s “All Apologies”, Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”, and Radiohead’s “Like Spinning Plates (Live Version). I wasn’t happy with the results.I decided on doing one more. George Michael’s “Praying For Time” just fit.
 
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Single: The Birth Of An Ocean Is Rare

Vanity Projects released their second compilation this Friday the thirteenth. I have a new single from “Infected by Devils” premiered on this mix. Continue reading “Single: The Birth Of An Ocean Is Rare”

The Kitchen EP – FREE DOWNLOAD

Kitchen EP

by Michael Nhat”The Kitchen EP”

Photo: Elizabeth Ann aka Lis Bomb

I started recording an Experimental Electro/Synth-Pop album December 5, 2012 in my kitchen with instrumentals I recorded in 2003/2004 on a Korg Triton in Pasadena (Except “Head of Pegasus” produced by Sean Pineda of Voice on Tape). It’s something I have been planning to do for over a decade, record a  non-hip-hop album. In 2001 I made about 20 or 30 demos of singing on sampled beats while recording raps demos as well. At that time I was performing both genres when I realized my voice couldn’t handle yelling (because that’s how I rap) and then trying to sing. So I chose rapping. I thought I can be 20/30 something and rap. Then someday when I’m in my 30’s I’ll mature to singing because it just wouldn’t work the other way around. So to me this isn’t out of the blue. It’s the beginning of a new era for me that I am really excited about, so I wanted to make this EP Free and get it out there. I hope you like it. Thanks for reading/listening!

Michael Nhat (nawt)

PS: You may play it from the embed below or click on photo to direct download page.

No One Loves You

This song is from an unreleased solo effort called “Picnic”. “No One Loves You” was recorded in 2010 featuring Barrie Rose of Tes Elations. It was the last song I recorded in my Silverlake Apartment before I moved in with Barrie and soon after left to Philly in 2011.
I looped the sample in 1999 and recorded a demo with it in 2002.

The video is made up of footage from an unfinished short film “Alice and Malice” I wrote and directed in winter 2010. It was an impulsive move by Steven and myself to just start shooting. I think I was telling him about it and he said he’d like to apart of it. So I asked “Got plans right now? Want to start shooting?” and we did.
Within a few days we were halfway finished with the film and then we just stopped and haven’t returned to it since.

Bjork as a Teenager

I made the beat for “Bjork as a Teenager” in 2002 at the Avalon Hotel in Burbank, California on San Fernando Blvd and Olive Ave. I wrote and recorded a demo for it in 2004. Six years later in 2010 I redid the song with the same lyrics basically but added friends Magick Orchids to song and released it on my official 2nd album “Swimming to Cambodia”. The video stars Christina Tran (Golden Lucille), Eloisa Hexx and Alexa Green Directed by Joshua Clarkson Director of Photography Steven A. Soria (IWF) Recorded at Malo House in Los Angeles, California