Apr 10, 2021
Vancouver's Mint Records yesterday released Soon-Yin Lee and Adam Litovitz jooj two album.
Behind the release, there’s a very personal story – the love and loss between Sook and Adam.
"When we were making the song ‘Wrecking Heart’, Adam and I
looked at each other, blown away by this song that was like nothing
we’d ever written. It began with a supercharged sonic fragment he
made that became the foundation of an unapologetic banger of a song
that possessed and moved through us. We blasted it on the stereo,
danced and air-guitared to it. Unconsciously, our lyrics seemed to
telegraph our separation. “It sounds like a break up song,” he
said, much to our disbelief at a time when we were very much
together. But life challenges ended up pushing us in different
directions. Though separated, we remained best friends, holding out
hope that we would make our way back to each other. Adam landed a
job scoring a TV series and I worked on our album, incorporating
his notes. He said that he looked forward to playing cathartic
meltdown live shows with me.
Adam took his own life. Sook-Yin patiently takes us through what happened and how it shaped the songs and her life. And yes, even though all this, we share smiles and laughs.
I’ve known Sook-Yin a long time... I think it shows in the discussion.