Miki Ratsula Shares “suffocate (feat. Lauren Sanderson)”; Listen Here
September 2, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Miki Ratsula has built a sizable audience by openly and honestly welcoming people into their world. The Southern California-based, Finnish-American nonbinary artist uses their platform to candidly document their life, from coming out to getting top surgery — telling their story to give queer people the representation they deserve to see more of. Today, they share their latest single, “suffocate,” featuring Lauren Sanderson–the LA-based musician who has also been a powerful voice in the LGBTQ+ community–which can be heard here: https://mikiratsula.ffm.to/suffocate.
“Most of the friendships and relationships I’ve had, I tend to give more than I receive, leading me to burn myself out and not take care of myself,” notes Miki. “I use a road trip metaphor in this song, asking my friends if they’re alright with me being slow this time because I need to fuel myself up. I acknowledge the toll it can take on me to always put others’ needs first.”
“suffocate” follows their track “reeboks,” a song about being so anxious about the future that they would end up running themselves into the ground. Their raw, personal single “second” deals with their fears and anxiety around getting top surgery and was accompanied by a video that Miki notes, “I knew I wanted the video to represent queer bodies and relationships in the most authentic way. Before getting my top surgery, I wish I had seen more representation of what queer bodies can look like and that they can be loved.”
Look for Miki to perform live this Monday, September 6 on School Night At Home at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Tune in via Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/itsaschoolnight.
Stay tuned for more news from Miki Ratsula, including the video for “suffocate.”