Kelly Sweet fits into the same lady-pop genre as, say, Ellie Goulding, Sia or Florence Welch, though you could just as easily draw comparisons to Kate Bush or Annie Lennox. She cites the latter as her largest influence, and this can clearly be heard on her debut single “Ashes of My Paradise”.
“I lost both of my parents to cancer during the making of this new record,” she explains about the song’s inspiration. “My mother in December of 2011, and my father in June of 2012. I was 23 years old and I felt I stood amongst the ash of the dreams of my life. But like a phoenix, I can rise again.”
While that might sound like a depressing topic for a gloomy Wednesday morning, let’s try and focus on that “phoenix” part and embrace the overall catharsis of this track… Or you could just ignore the lyrics, do interpretative dances in your underwear and send me video footage. Because that’s my plan (minus the video footage).