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Sui Zhen drops first single from her upcoming album ‘Losing, Linda’

Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Meet Linda.

Melbourne performative pop act Sui Zhen is dropping a new album, and it’s more experimental than anything we’ve heard from her before.

Losing, Linda was written largely while Zhen was completing a residency in Sapporo, Japan.

Its direction was heavily influenced by her mother’s cancer diagnosis and eventual passing at the start of 2018. As a result, the record is threaded with tangibly personal themes of mortality, cleverly connected with society’s obsession with technology.

“It’s an album about missing people after they are gone and trying to pre-empt loss – not only loss of life, but memory and information,” Zhen explains. “I see it mirrored in our increasing need for data storage. Why are we collecting and documenting so much?”

The album’s protagonist is Linda, a digital, ghostly apparition inspired by both the online learning platform Lynda and the humanoid robot BINA48.

Linda is introduced via video for the album’s lead single, ‘Perfect Place’, where she appears as a confused, lingering avatar to haunt herself.

Losing, Linda will be available from September 27. In the meantime, you can pre-order the album here, or check out ‘Perfect Place’ below.

suizhen.com.au

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