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Ashley Delima returns this spring with her latest single “Fire in the Sky”
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Ashley Delima returns this spring with her latest single “Fire in the Sky,” and it’s raising eyebrows among her longtime fans and critics alike. In this new song, the “Stay in America” singer broadens her horizons stylistically and sets her sights on a dexterous strain of balladry that fuses electronic beats with acoustic harmonies seamlessly. There is no recycled rhythm, no jaded melancholy nor a pop plasticity in “Fire in the Sky” that would ultimately keep us from connecting with its lofty hooks and searing poetic drawl. There’s only Delima, the microphone, and a chic backing track guaranteed to make an impact on even the most discriminating of audiophiles.
The natural timbre of our lead singer’s voice is given the VIP treatment by this master mix, and if there was anyone who doubted that Ashley Delima could belt out any set of verses that you could conceivably give her prior to listening to this song, there definitely won’t be once it enters their airspace. She’s got such a complex vocal style that, in some regards, I think she’s almost too skilled for the present day pop scene in America. With that said though, Delima is entering the spotlight at essentially the perfect time for an artist capable of ascending to what is currently an empty throne atop the genre.
There’s a rock n’ roll grit in the transition into the chorus in “Fire in the Sky” that I would really love to hear more of in the future. This song is blending a lot of different textures together in a singular tour de force, but we never feel like we’re listing to a fragmented hybridity born of completely experimental ideals. Delima’s independent ethos influence every angle of this track’s lyrical and instrumental luster, and alongside the streamlined structure of the beats, it makes the song attractive to fans of mainstream and underground pop equally.
While all of Ashley Delima’s music could be rightfully described as undyingly emotional and authentic, there’s an evocative undertow to this song that isn’t generated by her plaintive poetic emissions alone. We can tell that she’s being genuine in her words, but the harmonies in the music that defines their mood are providing virtually all of the dramatic context in this single. It would be nice if even a fraction of her peers were to adopt the same style of attack that she’s come to master in songs like this one, but then again, that’s exactly what makes “Fire in the Sky” the memorably melodic juggernaut that it truly is.
If you’ve yet to hear the music of Ashley Delima, I highly recommend starting off with “Fire in the Sky.” She’s yet to disappoint us with any of the singles that she’s released in her brief time on the circuit, but this latest song is on a completely different level of creativity altogether. She’s proving to be one of the fiercer players in her generation, and if Delima keeps making music of this caliber as time goes on, she’s going to find herself a very successful solo artist in the near future.
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