Photo by: Jordan Taylor Robbins
After getting its premiere on Canadian Musician earlier this week, Vancouver musician, performer, and mental health advocate Sarah Jickling's much anticipated sophomore album The Family Curse was officially released today. Sarah is celebrating her big day with the premiere of the video for the album's 2nd single 'Villian' and her Album Release Show in Vancouver tonight at the Red Gate Revue Stage.

On The Family Curse, Sarah explores mental illness within families and intergenerational trauma, and documents her childhood experiences and revelations about her family’s history of bipolar disorder. Her latest single 'Villian'  taps into a particularly destructive time in her life.

"There was a period in my life where I felt like I was watching myself from far away, totally out of control," says Sarah. "Depression and anger had turned me into someone I didn't recognize, and I remember thinking over and over, 'this time I'm the villain.’ I had a habit of smashing all of the dishes in my house, so for this song we used samples of actual plates smashing as percussion. I worked on this song with Laura Smith (Rococode), Carol Lynne Quinn (High Love) and Greg McLeod, and they all pushed me to go places that were scary and uncomfortable at first, but ultimately powerful." 

Sarah digs even deeper into the uncomfortable chaos of her mental illness on her new 'Villian' video.

"Lyrically and musically, 'Villain' reveals a side of me that I don't normally want to show people," says Sarah. "Clinically they are my borderline personality disorder symptoms, but most people just see a 'crazy b*tch.' I have just started to learn Russian exotic dance, and I felt like this style was perfect for exploring my inner villain. We filmed the whole thing in my house, and yes, I am 6'6" in those heels."

Sarah Jickling's new album The Family Curse is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital retailers and streaming services. Click here for more information and tour listings.


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