Today, we are happy to premiere Bianca Nisha’s single “Bleeding Blue” and the beautiful music video, tackling the important topic of depression. For everyone as enchanted by the song as we are, there is good news: “Bleeding Blue” is the first single from an upcoming full-length album (release date: 22. April 2022).

Bianca Nisha, known as part of electro-pop duo Lucaléy, is a project of musician and composer Ea Philippa Tange. Her new moniker “means white night and the name is an attempt to reflect the duality and balance between light and darkness found in her new music”.

“The project began in 2018, when I had a severe concussion in a bicycle crash, which meant that for almost a year, I could not sit in front of the screen and do electro-pop, as I used to, and I could not play concerts. But the music I could not do without, so I found that I could sit at the piano and play and sing very quietly to myself. From this, Bleeding Blue grew.

Bleeding Blue is about having someone close to you, who has a depression. About what it’s like to stand there by the sidelines and try to hold, lift and endure the weight the other feels without drowning in it yourself, while knowing that you can not make it go away or carry it for the other,” Bianca Nisha says.

She uses colourful language to formulate this in her song, while gentle strings and piano accompany her desperate words.

There are many songs in today’s Danish music talking about things like depression. But very seldom there are voices from the relatives of someone suffering. GRO initiated this discussion with her single “One Two Free Fall” and I’m glad Bianca Nisha takes it further on. This matters because mental illness does not only affect the diagnosed (or undiagnosed) ones, but also the people close to them. These people need support too, as they suffer as well, and experience feelings like helplessness, confusion, sometimes even guilt.

They are helpless because they don’t know how to help, even if they desperately want to. They see a loved one suffer but none of their efforts to make the illness go away seem to work. This might cause confusion because they might not even really understand the illness. Mental illness roots in your head and is not as easy to explain as a broken leg.

Some relatives of a mentally ill person may even feel guilt. Parents ask themselves what did they do wrong if their child turns out to be mentally ill. Friends think of why they didn’t recognize certain changes in their loved ones sooner – maybe they could have prevented the illness? Significant others question their strength – whether they are able to support their partner, or whether their relationship is strong enough to endure such difficult times.

Bianca Nisha is voicing these concerns in “Bleeding Blue” in an enjoyably light manner. At the same time, her tone signifies desperation and the instrumentation stays melancholic throughout the whole song. I don’t know how she does it, but in the end, “Bleeding Blue” doesn’t drown you in darkness and despair. Bianca Nisha feeds us with heavy feelings in digestible little bites.

The clever use of literal colours in her lyrics makes them so easily accessible. “Giving all my yellow to you” she sings “and I’m drowning to stay evergreen and find something never seen”. We all learn from a very young age that e.g. yellow means happiness because it is the colour of the sun. Evergreen means durability and steadiness because it is a feature of plants like firs, which stay in one colour the whole year-round.

It is important to raise awareness and understanding for the people directly suffering from mental illness. It is important to explain these illnesses. It is equally crucial to learn how to support the patient, as well as their loved ones. They need help in comprehending what is happening. They need reassurance that they are not the cause of it. Most importantly, they need to learn how to aid without forgetting about their own needs. It’s no good if bystanders drown together with the mentally ill.

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