Hua Li 化力 Hawks Early-2000s Montreal Nostalgia in New Video for "Cherrier"

BY Nika Petrosian Published Dec 5, 2023

Montreal's Hua Li 化力 has just shared her latest single "Cherrier," an ode to her adopted city and the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood. The artist has also released an accompanying music video.

Sonically, "Cherrier" is a vibrant, peppy track with a bounciness driven by its synth bass line. Lyrically, the artist reminisces on her memories and past, with rue Cherrier at the center of it all.

In a press release, Hua Li 化力 said:

"Cherrier" is a song about coming of age, leaping from 2009 to 2019 and back again as I attempt to overturn traumatic memories. Since writing this song, I've been able to kiss again on rue Cherrier and reclaim these parts of the city from a place of healing and celebration.

"Cherrier" also arrives alongside an accompanying self-directed music video, shot on a camcorder and meant to trigger early-2000s nostalgia, and made in collaboration with the artist's friend Simona Lepadatu.

"I wanted to revisit some of the places that I walked through daily when I lived on the Plateau," said Hua Li 化力 in a press release. "Watching the footage back as I think of my early twenties feels like I'm somehow misremembering what those streets used to look like."

Listen to "Cherrier" and watch the music video below.

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