Just 2 weeks ahead of the release of their debut full-length album, Vancouver musician Sad China (aka Sunny Chen) gives us another taste of what’s to come with their new single ‘Bless.Bliss’ out today on all digital streaming platforms. Listen here.
‘Bless.bliss’ is the 3rd 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 worked closely with experimental electronic artist Kerub (aka Vi Levitt) on their new album, crafting 7 of the 10 tracks with them. Created during the COVID pandemic, ilyimy is a quarantine album that Sad China wrote for all of us—their community, their ancestors, and their loved ones.
“COVID took so much from us,” says Sad China. “In China, my widowed 外公 maternal grandpa stopped eating because he was isolated from family and friends, and he left this earth earlier this year. Our world has experienced a tremendous loss, and we are collectively grieving. I wanted to give something back and desperately needed to connect with community, especially after a whirlwind quarantine romance and eventual breakup. From those pieces of me, ilyimy was born.”
Sad China’s new single ‘Bless.bliss’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide. For more info, please visit bysunnychen.com/music.