Hi, I'm Kim Nguyen.

I'm a web designer who can't write good and wanna learn to do other stuff too. My brain is a rabbit hole of associative thought, like looking at Wikipedia and coming up for air six hours and twelve linked articles later, but hey, now you've confirmed that Alfred Bester's sci-fi novel The Demolished Man has nothing to do with dystopian cinematic classic Demolition Man. I'm not cocky, “kim” really is “gold” in Vietnamese.


There's a great sense of restraint and pacing in "Tell Me" that makes the song come off as a courtship. The beginning sets the mood with warm synth tones growing over a beat, an air of anticipation until the first vocal samples break through. It's nothing profound: "Can you tell me?" and "Oh oh oh honey", a catchy call and response structure, but it's enough to establish a basic rapport. The song then pulls back to a xylophone-like break that sounds coquettish in its bouncing minimalism. It's the beginning of a dance, a back-and-forth alternating between the chorus of the vocals and increasing layers over that first break. It's as if the person asking the question grows in confidence each time they ask, though there's still a sense of suspense waiting for a solid answer. By the time all elements come together, there's a tension as the flirtation has reached a breaking point: "Do you like me, yes or no?" "Oh—"

Buy it and the rest of Giraffage's "No Reason" EP on iTunes.