Castle Hughes – New Music
For a debut single, Moving On by emerging Australian music artist Castle, is a remarkably sophisticated example of contemporary dance-pop.
The track utilises a stirring vocal performance, a poignant lyric and strong melodies to create a memorable song. Recorded and mixed by Chad Blondel from Blondel studios and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Sia, Dua Lipa, Halsey, Selena Gomez) of Sterling Sound, Castle’s first release is sure to get a lot of attention from radio and streaming sites.
The song reflects a coming-of-age experience but one that will no doubt resonate with many. As Castle has said about Moving On, ‘The song is about the realisation that the end of a relationship does not have to be a heartbreaking experience, it can be a release. It’s an anthem to better times and new beginnings, to the growth and evolution of the teenager.’
A piano-driven chord progression introduces Castle’s evocative vocal, setting a contemplative mood. As the track builds, from the gentle rhythmic parts to the lush strings, the melodic strength is quickly established as it flows into the chorus, with its swirling hooks and layers of vocal textures and expansive sounds.
The track’s dance element appears with the chorus, fusing a variety of engaging characteristics. The lyric’s universal theme further enhances the melody, its inventive imagery merging with Castle’s self-assured vocal performance. Moving On’s distinct blending of styles is no accident, as Castle has said about her work, ‘My music is kind of lyrical dance-pop.
I don’t like to feel defined by a genre, but just express experiences and tell stories through my lyrics and create a vibe.’ The track simmers with intimacy and finesse yet contains a palpable amount of raw energy, with Castle’s vocal displaying a remarkable degree of conviction, subtlety, and allure. Moving On is not only Castle’s debut; it will undoubtedly be her breakthrough.