Self proclaimed dark trip-hop electric creature, Bonnie Li, recently released “Mallory”. Together with Elia M, the founder of techno label Sycomor, Bonnie Li nourishes the audience with a haunting ambience.
Having lived in various parts of the world, and armed with her megaphone, Bonnie Li knows how to make herself heard. Whether that’s English, Chinese Mandarin or French. From Hong Kong to San Francisco via Montreal, Berlin and Paris, you can safely assume Bonnie Li has seen and experienced an abundance of cultures, beliefs and philosophies.
Growing up in China left a strong imprint too. Especially regarding the status of women in our numerous contemporary societies. Thus the topic is consciously evident throughout her compositions.
With a piano-based intro a la Tori Amos mixed with Front Line Assembly (yes, really), ‘Mallory’ progresses steadily and enigmatically. It is a prevailing force of intensity and uneasiness. All whilst adding a hint of Bauhaus and a trace of Boss Hog into the overall sonic occurrence.
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 is out now via the Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art.