Vancouver musician, performer, and mental health advocate Sarah Jickling has earned a reputation for expertly marrying shimmering pop melodies to sharp, candid lyrics about her personal struggles with bipolar disorder. Her latest album, The Family Curse, taps into those experiences as framed by her familial relationships, and we're excited to share this compelling and important collection as our latest #CMPremiere a few days ahead of its official release.
"I don't have a perfect family, but I don't have evil villains for parents, either," Jickling tells Canadian Musician about her weighty subject matter. "The Family Curse is about the grey areas of inter-generational trauma, which makes it difficult to release. In one song I'm furious at my dad, the abuser, and the next I'm sympathetic for my dad, the victim. I've had family members accuse me of releasing this album to "punish" them, but The Family Curse is really about healing my wounds by telling the messy, complicated truth. I wanted to explore the complexities of childhood trauma and shine light on all the guilt, shame, anger, and compassion that comes from growing up in a family with a history of mental illness."
As a touring performer in BC high schools with the BC Schizophrenia Society’s Reach Out Psychosis program, she uses music and humour as a tool to deliver practical, destigmatizing education about mental illness. Her many artistic endeavours all orbit around the main project of survival. Whether in conversation, performance, writing, or dance, her voice rings through loud and clear as a fierce force for empathy and change.
The Family Curse will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Nov. 8, 2019, with the official album release happening that night at Vancouver's Red Gate Revue Stage. Get all the details RIGHT HERE.
For more information and up-to-date tour listings, visit: www.sarahsgoodbadluck.com.
Photos by Jordan Taylor Robbins