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Melbourne artist Sui Zhen’s world is brilliant and uncanny, and her music explores a familiar theme —the thinness of digital-media life — with a fresh eye.
Coming to Austin for SXSW in 2017 with my band. Yes.
To punctuate my artist residencies in Japan I'll be performing some shows in Tokyo & Sapporo & Matsudo xo
Ahead of the NO ZU Europe tour I am traveling to USA & London to do some shows.
“ Zhen has been credited as releasing one of the year’s best Australian records in Secretly Susan. While her eerie dub pop is fantastical and laid-back, she is a brilliantly high-concept pop star, playing to projections of herself and a male counterpart that play like The Truman Show for the internet age. She was the best of a ream of strong electronic acts at Bigsound”
I am making an installation in New York @ Ludlow Studios. Come to spend a evening in Susan's dream...
Secretly Susan is a watery submersion, a wading through shallow rock pools, a soaking in sea salt and foam, all in pastels. Basically, Sui Zhen manages to synthesise a sound that is the auditory equivalent of a stream and its cobalt fabric and nacreous whirls. It is, however, not any kind of stream. It is the online stream, the digital ocean, in which we all hopelessly swim, or drown. As a personification of our pixellated water-world, Sui Zhen figures Susan into existence a “vision of digital anxieties people have of the world, like a culmination of visual data and all of this stuff that exists on Instagram and Facebook.” The LP is full of surreal but soft soundscapes that will have you flung to some far off, extraterrestrial paradise.
A special show with one of my favourite local bands, Superstar to help get Sui Zhen to USA for the 2nd time ;)
My first time in New Zealand to play some solo shows, come say hello :)
Nostalgia and regret colour her offbeat world, with opener “Teenage Years” introducing soundscapes and themes that suggest John Hughes on acid. “Take it All Back” is skewed Cyndi Lauper pop, the snapping synths and Sui Zhen’s anaemic falsetto investing teen-confessional lyrics with surprising poignancy. Ditto the male vocals treated to sound like Cookie Monster on “Walk Without Me”. Closer “Alter Ego” gently releases us from the dream pool with chirping birds and gauzy synths. The urge is to dive back in.
CMJ Showcases in New York, come listen & mingle with Susan! xo
Finally, the Australian album launches for Secretly Susan. So excited.
Connect with Sui here, here and here.