How do you break an artist in a different country when the world is in a global lockdown? These are the questions we are faced with today, when an artist as promising as Taylor Castro comes across our field of vision.
A fresh-faced, intelligent and worthwhile recording artist who got her break in the movies before deciding that she needed the creative freedom of songwriting, Castro is gearing up to release her second album. Titled Girl, Afraid, this album sees not necessarily a departure from her previous songwriting style, but an evolution. It’s a deepening, an exploration, something even more personal and heart-wrenching – if lead single, ‘Girl, Afraid’ is anything to go by.
We are treated to a performance of this title track during the online showcase, in which Castro shows off talent and determination – getting her message across, livestream (and pandemic) or not. Her voice is something which must be heard to be believed, and is completely in contrast with her innocent looks and unassuming demeanour. It’s full, deep and powerful, and will remind listeners of dusty bars and film noir.
Latest release ‘Abyss’ is also on the setlist for the livestream, a song which has recently exceeded 30,000 streams on Spotify. Truly a feat to celebrate for a budding artist such as Castro, whose storytelling-mode of songs and songwriting is something which will surely appeal to fans across the board upon listening. ‘Abyss’ is also the music video (see below) in which friend and collaborator, Carson Rowlands (of Sweet Magnolias fame), appears alongside Castro to act as the boy in question in the lyrics – a double act so natural and effective that Rowlands has since gone on record in praise of his friend, calling her an “inspiration”.
The star of Taylor Castro is truly beginning to rise this year, with interviews, reviews and a general buzz surrounding this promising young talent. With quotes about her “revolutionary” talent bouncing around the internet and the hint of a new full-length on the horizon, it’s clear that this is a talent you’ll want to watch develop and shine all the brighter as Taylor Castro’s star continues to rise.