The track is built on wild vocal samples, including a series of groans and a pitch-shifted yelp that functions as the primary hook. Around those exclamations, the producers layer skeletal mallet percussion, glitchy static, pounding drums and festival-friendly eruptions of dirty bass.
TNIGHT paired “Serpent” with a bizarre video featuring crescent moons, rocky landscapes, strobe lights and two computer-animated faces with bulging eyes and snaking tongues. The group have yet to announce if the single — their first song since 2013’s “Acrylics” — will appear on a new album.
TNGHT released their self-titled debut EP in 2012 and achieved wider exposure when Kanye West sampled their track “R U Ready” for his 2013 Yeezus song “Blood on the Leaves.” After announcing a hiatus from their collaboration at the end of 2013, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice both embarked on solo careers: The former issued his second LP, Lantern, in 2015, and the latter released his debut, CCCLX, in 2017.