The color blue has long been associated with feelings of sadness and strife, and it’s a trend that is particularly evident in music. The singer Cleo Sol, however, has chosen to repurpose the color’s imagery in more upbeat ways on her latest single “Sweet Blue.” With help from producer Inflo and directors Jeremy Ngatho Cole and Marco Grey, the London-based artist has released a charming new song and video that provide a unique spin on the theme of positivity in the face of adversity.
“Sweet Blue” is delivered right from the soul with tastefully earthy instrumentals that don’t have many frills but provide an appropriately earnest backdrop for Cleo’s glowing vocals. With airy production, her voice soars over the thumping mix with exquisite delivery and lush harmonies. In a particularly poignant moment, she references a lesson from her mother with the lines, “Don’t give in to the masses / better to smile than let it get you down.” Cleo follows up the sentiment by tying in the theme of blue: “Darling please keep your head up to the sky / it’s beautiful outside and the sky just seems so blue.” With engaging instrumentals and a heartwarming connection between a mother’s message and nature’s beauty, Cleo Sol has added another gem to her musical catalogue.