Cleo Sol – Writing Love Songs, While Practicing On Self-Love

One day the old me
Thought about what my mother told me
Soul-soothing words echoed in my mental
Let go, smile and grow, time for you to bloom
Lift your head up and sing to Sweet Blue. 

 

West London based singer-songwriter Cle Sol has just dropped surprise new music. This Januray 31st, 2019, she released a single recorded live, titled Sweet Blue. A new album in the process.

Relaxed, cool, calm and collected, she light-hearted sings a passionate story. “I’ll love you more than once, a thousand more lifetimes / Just because I’m young, it doesn’t mean I’m dumb”.

Words are smoothly blown away, moving along a soothing melody played on the piano.

These words are meaningful. More than a simple love song, Cleo Sol is writing a piece that feels like a reality check. Wisdom, praying and growing sum up the spirit of this songwriting.

“My mother told me what to do without her saying
Better get to smile than lettin’ it get you down
Darling, darling please, keep your head up to the sky
It’s beautiful outside
And the sky it seems so blue” – Sweet Blue

One thing interesting, her stage name, ‘Sol‘ is dedicated to her mother, who’s Spanish. No wonder why she frequently quotes her mom in her lyrics.

Words from her mother seem to quiet down her mind, ease her stress, free her soul. She brings light to her and sense in her life; she helps her keep her head up in every situation.

That way, from a love song written with sorrow, reminiscing and quoting such comforting words, she’s cultivating self-love and gaining strenght for better tomorrows.

“Why don’t you just let go
And quiet down your ego
Don’t complain about finance
I know your daddy weren’t a real man
Go ahead and live your dreams […]
Sometimes I still doubt myself
But at least now I love myself” – Why Don’t You

Again, these wise words from her mother she sings, with the most delightful voice, keep echoeing.

Focusing on yourself and letting go of all the pressure might seem like you’re acting selfish when really you’re just trying to fix your self, and stop being a shadow of your self.

“My best friend is I
I’m so selfish” – Selfish

No surprise then, when Cleo Sol stars in Little Simz’ music video, Selfish, out off of her forthcoming album GREY Area out March 1st.

The video is directed by the same director, in the same atmosphere with softened lights, laying down and singing lone but chill.

From Selfish to Sweet Blue, both visuals picture a young woman trying to find her self again.

“Self loving
Need more self loving
That’s how it goes” – Selfish

Finally, Little Simz does connect with Cleo Sol’s Winter Songs EP and the spirit around it: valueing her worth and avoiding men that downgrade women.

When she raps ‘I impeach you couldn’t handle a woman in my caliber”, she reminds of the man Cleo’s talking to in her Miles’ Song, in which songs she also says:

“I’ll cover my ears
But I’m a selfish
Just because I cover my ears
I’m a selfish” – Miles’ Song

Everything here shows, from the visuals to the lyrics, that the collaboration between both artists on a single like Selfish comes from a genuine connection and a deep conversation.

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