Having lived in various parts of the world, from Hong Kong to San Francisco via Montreal, Berlin and Paris, Bonnie has seen and experienced an abundance of cultures, beliefs and philosophies. Growing up in China has left a strong imprint on her regarding the status of women in our numerous contemporary societies; therefore this topic is consciously evident throughout her compositions. ‘Mallory’ is the upcoming new single where together with Elia M, the founder of the techno label Sycomor, Bonnie nourishes the audience with her dark electronic trip-hop ambiance.
Being a music melting-pot, Bonnie Li is an all-round artist. One-woman-band, she gets her inspiration throughout the world, from Hong Kong where she grew up, to San Francisco, passing by Berlin and Montreal. In fact, she easily juggles from English to Chinese Mandarin, with bits of French in her songs. Her music style, Dark Trip Hop Electro, rocked by high-beat samples and bewitched vocal loops, makes us dive into her seizing life moments what she calls ‘Short Stories’, revisited by this uncommon artist.
Armed in her megaphone Bonnie Li knows how to make herself heard in English, Chinese Mandarin and French. With a piano-based intro a la Tori Amos mixed with Front Line Assembly (yes, really), ‘Mallory’ progresses steadily and enigmatically into a prevailing force of intensity and uneasiness, whilst adding a hint of Bauhaus and a trace of Boss Hog into the overall sonic occurrence.
Bonnie Li: Mallory
When talking about the song, Bonnie says “It is about a ‘then forsaken by existence’ girl I’d met in a creepy bar in Paris. She came in, sat down next to me and we had a drink together. We then walked all night long across the city as she was telling me about her life. Once an accomplished ice-skater then turned stripper she was alone, fragile and continuously taken advantage of for being gullible, trusting the wrong ‘friends’ and consequently making one wrong choice after another. I knew instantly we’d met for a reason. We became very close friends through thick and thin, and I’m happy to say she’s managed to turn her life around.”
‘Mallory’ is a candidly formidable preview of what Bonnie Li’s music is all about, and the single will be out everywhere on June 30 via the Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art.
Bonnie Li: Mallory Lyrics: