Montreal’s Hua Li 化力 releases her new EP Yellow Crane today via Next Door Records and shares the video “Four More Days”, a quarantine love song. Directed by Steve Deku with art direction by Alba Daza, the video portrays the physical barriers to long-distance love in the time of COVID-19.

The video follows me through a lonesome, socially distanced dinner date,” explains Hua Li, “an at-home performance in a houseplant forest and my general stranded pleas to the heavens to send a Romeo for me to Juliet from my first story balcony.”

Watch/Share: Hua Li “Four More Days”

The EP is named after Wuhan’s famous Yellow Crane Tower which inspired many notable ancient poets including Cui Hao and Li Bai. Hua Li’s grandfather, Wang Yun Peng, was a literary scholar who helped guide the restoration of Yellow Crane Tower after the close of the Cultural Revolution

The opening track, “Water”, takes on the city of Wuhan, describing her powerful history, the equally fiery climate and temperament of her citizens and her three boroughs, Wuchang, Hankao and Hanyang, at the Yangtze River. Hua Li’s passionate and unrelenting verses give way to lush choruses weaving together ancient Chinese symbolism with the modern-day political plight of Asian Americans. “Dream Narratives” reflects on friendship spanning decades. The backbones of the track were written many years ago in Wuhan while Hua Li visited her maternal grandmother. Considered the birthplace of Chinese punk, Wuhan is home to a thriving indie rock scene, a sound that Hua Li explores with her first release in her mother tongue of Mandarin- a cover of Chinese Football’s “Electronic Girl”.

To celebrate the launch of the EP, Hua Li will be joined by Gloze and a troupe of humanoid flowers for a live performance at a fantastical imaginary garden party hosted by Suoni TV on November 28th at 8pm. Free stream at: https://suoniperilpopolo.org

Hua Li’s hazy R&B and revolutionary rap cuts to the bone and shakes your frail ass to the ground. She released her debut full-length, Dynasty with Next Door Records in September 2019. A charismatic performer, she has been blessed to share her work on a variety of major stages, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Pride Toronto and Secret Solstice Festival. She is also an active DJ, regularly rocking the decks with residencies in her hometown of Montreal and as touring DJ for Inuk electro-pop artist Riit. Subversive and sexy, Hua Li is the only half-Chinese, half-militant, half-rapper of your heart.

Hua Li’s Yellow Crane EP is out now via Next Door Records.

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