SRSQ’s Kennedy Ashlyn masterfully synthesizes her private struggles and sorrows into stirring, redemptive anthems. Her multi-octave range and moodswing songcraft consists of tumult and triumph, darkest night breaking into brightest dawn, proving her a musician of elemental force.
Her new single “Used To Love” is “about trying to rekindle a dying flame, about mourning a thing you have not yet lost but can feel slipping away,” Ashlyn reveals. “It’s simultaneously very personal, yet universally relevant as we all seek to hold on to our most precious people and moments.”
Ashlyn’s second album Ever Crashing is the summation of a nearly three-year journey of soul searching, songwriting, and self-discovery. The album began materializing in the wake of an ADHD and bipolar disorder diagnosis, prompting a profound personal overhaul.
The album’s title refers to Ashlyn’s recurring sensation of being trapped in the crest of a wave, turned and churned in the surf, mirroring the cycles of self-flagellation and surrender that she battles being bipolar. But as the poetic raptures of these songs attest, her creative process thrives at transmuting trauma into potent music of arresting beauty and hidden divinity.
Ever Crashing sees its release August 19 via Dais Records on vinyl and across all digital platforms.