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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Sui Zhen

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Sui Zhen is a dreamy electro-pop artist from Australia who blends bubblegum sweet vocals and melodies with thumping dance beats, ethereal synth lines, and plenty of spacey ambiance. Following the success of two EPs and a stint at the Red Bull Music Academy, she’s been getting nods from Pigeons and Planes, Noisey, and more. Her debut full-length, Secretly Susan, drops from Dot Dash / Remote Control at the end of this month, and so we reached out to this striking, multi-talented songstress in hopes of uncovering what she turns to for inspiration and how she goes about crafting such irresistible electronic gems. Lucky for us, we got even more than we bargained for.

Below you will find an exclusive teaser of Secretly Susan, in addition to the films, food, and naps that keep Sui Zhen energized and inspired. So give this little mix a spin, get to know Sui Zhen, and be on the lookout for the release — we know we will.

1. Watching bears standing up and walking — they look like humans in bear suits

2. Being above the clouds (especially when there are lightning storms)

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3. Living in Gibson’s forecasted matrix — an era where this is possible (VR in Existenz 1999)

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4. Foodies on Nicholson St., open 24 hrs. They have the specific shampoo I use, Aurora sorbet, 3V batteries and arcade games

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5. Napping in public spaces / napping with friends / both simultaneously

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6. This track by SANDii — “Drip Dry Eyes” (1980)

7. Teshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea (Japan)

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 8. ESL in music. Anything that breaks down the English language to create something meaningful

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9. Essay films (Chris Marker, Bill Viola)

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10. Xiao Long Bao

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Secretly Susan is out August 28 via Dot Dash / Remote Control.

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