By: Staff –
Emerging Vancouver-based musician Sad China is back with their new single “Bless.bliss”, which you can stream exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
“Bless.bliss” is the third single from Sad China’s new bilingual hyperpop quarantine album ilyimy, which is set for release on October 22nd. The R&B flavoured indie pop track features Vancouver musicians Khamisa and Adewolf—a collab that came together at the start of the pandemic.
“Everything comes together when the universe says it’s time,” says Sad China. “I made this song with friends over Zoom, which showed us it’s the little things that make life worth living for, like listening to the sound of rain, daydreaming about what’s possible, making art with friends, holding space for each other…even if it’s virtually for now. It’s the little things that help us heal and grow. Trust the process.”
Sad China is a queer non-binary settler immigrant on the stolen ancestral homelands of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially-known as Vancouver, BC. They finished high school on lands belonging to Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo Nations (Langley, BC), and moved out at 17. Despite being targeted by abusers in their local music and arts scene, they released their dreampop debut EP Sad China in 2016.
Sad China’s sound is avant-garde yet accessible, drawing influence from 2000s pop and R&B, their Chinese heritage, and the choral arrangements they performed with multiple school choirs. They’ve shared the stage with Tonye Aganabe and Adewolf, and played livestreams with KeAloha, Sleepy Gonzales, and Blonde Diamond, among other local stars.
Sad China wrote, directed, and produced their debut and sophomore music videos. They’re releasing their debut studio album ilyimy on October 22, 2021, featuring supersonic collabs with Kerub, pseudo-antigone, Khamisa, and more. This bilingual hyperpop quarantine album, written in Mandarin and English, paves the way forward for multilingual musicians in Western Canada, and croons for solidarity between Black, Indigenous, and Asian communities. Above all, Sad China wants to love, belong, and be respected.