Sandy Hsu


Sandy Hsu is a singer-songwriter and multidisciplinary artist from Melbourne, Australia. She creates a lyrical world that is articulate, honest and almost intrusive to listen to. A collection of vivid story telling, her music is saturated with earnest nostalgia, raw sentiments and self-awareness. To Sandy, music as an ongoing platform for unadulterated self-expression.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

The last book I read was Bitch Doctrine by Penny Laurie. I'm currently reading The Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan ... I need to decompress after a long run of reading just essays and biographies. When I was a child, I used to really use books as escapism so it's been nice delving back into that realm for a bit.

It's a real challenge to select only a few favourite books of all time ... But I would pick:
A Life Of One's Own by Marion Milner
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness ... A bit of YA for good measure.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

Mystic Medusa
The Guardian - Crosswords
My local library's website

What apps do you use the most and why?

The Weather
The Moon
Public Transport Victoria
Voice Memos

Whats currently on your playlist?

Soulmate by Lizzo
Poor Fake by Kelsey Lu
Bag of Bones by Mitski
Dancefloor by Mary Glenn
Only Skin by Joanna Newsom
Tougher Than The Rest by Angel Olsen
Headache by Grouper
Make Out In My Car: Sufjan Stevens Version by Moses Sumney
Woman by Cat Power feat. Lana Del Rey
Your Type by Carly Rae Jepsen

What records would you recommend to hear?

Working Class Woman by Marie Davidson
Blood by Kelsey Lu
Health by Callie Ryan
Grid of Points by Grouper
Do You Mind by SASSY 009
Heartleap by Vashti Bunyan

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

I went to see Animals by Sophie Hyde at MIFF recently which was really, really great. I have also loved the last two films that I've seen most recently in the cinema; Booksmart and Parasite.

Some other movies that I "think everybody should watch" include ...
Perfect Blue
Before Sunrise
What We Do In The Shadows
Chunking Express
The Love Witch
The Wailing
Santa Sangre

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Which artists working today do you admire most?

My friends and peers.
Also, I'm always in awe of ladies like Björk and Lana Del Rey ... So prolific.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

The Handmaids Tale
Broad City

Who are you following?


What tools do you use in your work?

Logic Pro X, my Danelectro, a pen, paper and ... my voice

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I flick through my old Rookie Yearbooks quite often.

What are your favorite gadgets?

Lust by Lush
My Daily Planner by An Organised Life
and my journal.

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Sandy Hsu


Portrait image by © Danielle Zhang