Sui Zhen maps new musical and thematic terrain on new album ‘Losing, Linda’
02.10.2019

Sui Zhen maps new musical and thematic terrain on new album ‘Losing, Linda’

Words by Jess Zanoni

The album is a clear expansion and finesse of her sound.

Losing, Linda is the long-anticipated sophomore release of Melbourne’s own Sui Zhen. The album is an intriguing, self-reflective journey that explores the past, present and future of processing loss.

The album tackles the questions and visions that this experience evokes, especially around familiarity, tradition, modernity and identity. Sui Zhen maps new musical and thematic terrain on the record with great sensitivity and mastery. She blends grand, dense beats and bass tones with delicate, ethereal woodwind instrumentation and layers of chilling synth melodies.

The record hits stunning heights in both experimental composition and emotional breadth, and is a clear expansion and finesse of her sound. The album takes a turn in mood from funk-infused electronica to a more personable, dewy sound on ‘I Could Be There’ – an extraordinary track featuring gorgeous horn and flute ornamentation, earthy percussion and bewitching vocal harmonies with atmospheric synth flourishes.

The record flows between moments of steely conviction communicated through hypnotic spoken word vocals as on ‘Natural Progression’, to the wistful propositions and dreamy wonderings found on ‘Mountain Song’. This tapestry of feeling authentically mirrors the nature of navigating life rearranged.

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