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Australian run of shows for Losing, Linda!
Feature Video on RAGE
Public broadcaster ABC’s RAGE features Sui Zhen’s music video
New York Times
Sui Zhen’s Losing, Linda gets a mention :)
“Perfect Place’ is woven together like beautiful wisps of spectral beauty, pairing her subtle and delicate instrumentation with her tentative but alluring vocals, she helps us to envision this crossing over point. The weightlessness of her soul in ‘Perfect Place’ is infectious, immediately making us feel like we’re floating with her, following her trail of thought that allows us to envision the infinitude of existence and a feeling of peace washes over us; “I just can’t explain it, it does something to me.”– The Four Oh Five, Track of the Day
Song of the Day
Being A Woman in Line of Best Fit
“In her lives shows, Freeman finds a space to “let loose” and pursue forms of musical articulation that transcend the reductive nature of streaming platforms that regurgitate the same mastered, edited versions of her sound. She tells me: “It’s such a weird process adjusting to the language of DSPs [streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music] for me. I’m pushing the same content to all these platforms and it’s really getting milked for all it’s worth. It’s really nice to do a live show and have that contrast where you don’t sound exactly the same as on every recording – you’re just completely human.”– Loud & Quiet
Interview for Bandcamp Daily by Martyn Pepperell
“Its lead single, “Perfect Place,” is disquieting in its pristine production. Sui Zhen sings in robotic intonations: “I got the perfect place/ Quiet, gentle/ You don’t bring a thing, I got it,” turning that comfort into something to be wary of, and it comes with a surreal video directed by Sui Zhen herself.”– Stereogum
Feature interview in Aesthetica Magazine (Print)
“Hauntingly Black Mirror-esque whilst simultaneously nostalgic and robotic, “Perfect Place” is a relevant and pulsing piece of synth-pop from Melbourne-based Sui Zhen, seeing the artist grapple with themes of mortality, technology and the compromising nature of the digital age”– Line of Best Fit
“Perfect Place” is less about the construction of identity than with how those identities are condemned to persist, no matter how fragmented or obscured they become.”- Pitchfork
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.