Today, SRSQ (Kennedy Ashlyn) unveils the second single “Cherish” from her debut album, Unreality. SRSQ‘s pulse began after the death of Kennedy‘s closest friend and Them Are Us Too collaborator Cash Askew, a casualty in the sudden and tragic Oakland Ghost Ship Fire of 2016. Driven by grief and loss, SRSQ became the vehicle for Kennedy‘s transformative process, exploring nuance, nostalgia, reflection, and reconciliation, manifesting in the aural landscape of Unreality.
Originally conceived as a Them Are Us Too song, SRSQ explains, “‘Cherish‘ is about the intensity of closeness, the dizzying ups and downs of a partnership, and the peril of losing yourself in another person. The song is an attempt to navigate the point at which overwhelming highs and the rush of disastrous amalgamation become a disorienting blur, making it nearly impossible to recognize ones own stable ground.”
SRSQ (pronounced seer-skew) is an entrance into a new form of storytelling, traversing the present while pulling from a deep swath of experience, immersion and sound. Like the impulse it pulls from, each song evokes the complex duality of meditation-where simple intersects with infinite.
Ambient synthesizers that approach harshness, relentless arpeggiations act together with Kennedy‘s vocals as a lush weapon, weaving cloud-like fables over orchestration that’s familiar and foreign. Trance-like at times, yet always rooted in cadence and structure, the synesthesia of sound and feeling takes cues from the delicate miasma of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Fever Ray or Dead Can Dance, using their example as the ground floor for building a new temple of frequency. Kennedy proves an adept architect of rhythm, using sequenced electronics as a deep backbeat that allows the harrowing beauty of her vocals to lead the journey.
Produced by Matia Simovich of Inhalt, Unreality is simultaneously crisp and full, each tone and note occupying its own unique sonic world – grief butted against power, tracked to a heavy heartbeat. Unreality sees its release October 26 on Dais Records. For more info and pre-orders please visit here. This November, SRSQ journeys down the west coast performing new material. Highlights include Oakland, Seattle, LA’s Cloak & Dagger festival and more. See below for a full list of dates.