Hailing from London, Paradisia are Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard). After being involved in a variety of musical projects together over the last five years, the band formed Paradisia in 2015.
After writing and recording their music in Berlin, the band rose to prominence when they launched a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in The Dark. The track rose to #8 in the HypeMachine chart and has over 50,000 plays on SoundCloud to date.
With influences seemingly tinged from extremely catchy and popular 70s songs in “Idea of You” and “Keep on Preying” all through to anthemic ballads such as “Silent Lover”, gob-smacking harmonies in “Tell Me”, and some surprising subtle vibes of R&B in “Just Words”, it’s a release that’s impossible not to sing along to. Not to mention Sophie-Rose arguably also has one of the most distinct and recognisable voices of our generation. The album in many ways documenting life after a break-up will feel very resonant and real for many listeners. Upbeat one moment, and wistful and downcast the next; it really amazingly captures day-to-day life. Something that really makes this album standout as unique is the reflection and reformation of self-identity. I caught up with them ahead of their London headline date at the Omeara in June to have a chat.
Breaking More Waves The band’s name itself is a word they use to describe an idealistic and beautiful aesthetic, a space away from reality to a place that occupies a perfect limbo between this world and a dreamlike utopia. The diversion to a higher sphere that music tends to offer most often; escapism. With relatable lyrics that draw inspiration from personal experiences, Paradisia is a world in to which most can escape
“Paradisia are no doubt one of our favourite new groups of the year” – The 405
“A 70s influenced sound that is both enchanting and haunting. These gals have ‘next big thing’ written all over them” – BEAT