Taylor Castro Turns Into a Hurricane in New Track!
While most of us have struggled to remain productive amid the pandemic, Taylor Castro is on a tear releasing songs and films leading up to her sophomore album Girl, Afraid due out this summer from PMA Records.
The Miami singer-songwriter has a seemingly bottomless well of creativity, telling story after story through multiple mediums at a level of proficiency to which most artists only aspire, and she’s still only 21 years old. Castro has seized upon every possible opportunity the pandemic has offered to connect with her expansive fan base online (90K on Instagram, 25M combined streams) and share her artwork by digital means like concept music videos that feel like actual short films, animated lyric videos, and live performance videos, where her raw vocal talent goes unmatched.
All of her official music videos from 2020-2021 have earned over 1 million views. In a saturated indie-pop landscape, Castro stands out for her thunderous singing voice and for the literary depth of her storytelling. Her latest piece, “Hurricane”, is no exception.
Castro says, “When you really want someone in your life but it seems like your relationship with them isn’t growing despite every effort, it’s human nature for that frustration to turn into overreaction or manipulation. A hurricane is basically this mutant rain storm so I felt like it was a great metaphor for trying to get closer to someone by essentially getting into a fight with them and tracking what makes them tick. Through this, the two people develop a better understanding of who the other is at their core and are no longer fooled by what the other portrays. As wrong as that behavior may be, it’s only natural and this song is about it from the manipulator’s point of view.”
“If you cared enough/ You would have stayed/ Let’s be honest, Babe/ You know I’d cross the seas to see your face/ But beware I’ll bust down the gates.”
This is a young writer who knows she is, knows where she’s going, wants to connect and be loved, but won’t be pulled astray. Castro balances her self-assuredness with vulnerability and fallibility:
“Honey, give me more/ Cause maybe if I/ make you turn your head/ Get you to notice me instead/ I’ll know you from your reaction/ And I’ll get some attention.”
The video for Hurricane is a whirlwind combination of camera shots. The different cameras and lighting used throughout add an indie-style of filmmaking to the song. Not only that, it adds to the frustration of Castro herself. The red tint on the lighting reflects her anger about the broken relationship. The hurricane of emotions is also visible in the different cameras used for various shots whether it be a camcorder or an iPhone. The homemade-style of the video shows how much quality work one can get done on a low budget and in a single setting.
You can catch up on the forthcoming album’s narrative progression so far by watching “be ok”, “Abyss”, “Coffee Eyes”, “Ophelia’s Flowers”, and “Muse With a Dagger” (currently #23 on Billboard A/C charts) on Taylor’s YouTube channel or listening on streaming platforms everywhere. Stay tuned for the next chapter in the story and the album’s release date, to be announced soon!
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