Rising Artist SATICA Explores Her Cultural & Generational Identity In ‘dear april, ily’

R&B, pop, hip-hop

Photo: Alex Oh

LA-based artist SATICA offers a myriad of perspectives when it comes to being part of a young generation wo is navigating through the current political and social turmoil. She’s the daughter of a Cambodian immigrant who fled from the Khmer Rouge genocide and has been using music as a creative outlet for her own identity. Her latest EP dear april, ilyoffers her views on love, family roots, gun violence, and personal growth that feels familiar and novel to us. The opener, “who’s protecting me…? (love isn’t selfish),” taps into the dilemma of letting new people in whereas “Ode To LBC” dissects the heavy-hearted layers of letting someone go. In “Take A Walk,” SATICA decides to quid-pro-quo her ego for happiness whereas in “Son Of A Gun” the gal explores the controversial topic of fun violence. But the highlight of this EP is the final track “Check$” an ode to her mother who decided to risk everything for a better life in America. SATICA does not offer the filtered American Dream that we are used to – instead, the gal taps into issues of PTSD, mental illness and the emotional battles that her parents still had to face in a new country. Stream below:

Dear april, ilyis an insight on my perspective on love, where I’m from, my upbringing, as well as issues in our current events.  Every single song on this EP came from the heart and came to life with no other motive other than the need to express,” shared SATICA.

Co-produced with Mike Derenzo, Donyea G, Jordan Blackmon, and Moving Castle co-founder AObeats, dear april, ilyis SATICA’s second EP and is out now via Moving Castle. The title of the EP was largely influenced by her childhood nickname April (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), which her brother gave it to her. Shoutout to her bro.