If you know Taylor Castro, you already know that she composes and writes all her own music, lifting lyrics from what must surely be the pages of her diary. She has already made a name for herself in lyric-focused music circles with her previous release – ‘Girl, Afraid’ was a deeply personal track about the singer-songwriter’s struggles with OCD. Castro has now returned with a track about struggling to understand someone who remains a mystery.
“All my life I’ve craved a film-worthy friendship.” says Castro, of the inspiration behind the song. “For the majority of high school, I ate lunch alone… I felt utterly misunderstood. So, when I found this friend, I went slightly crazy trying to maintain that and grow it. I expected too much of him. So, this song is about deciphering him and learning how to deal with the real him rather than the version I imagined. Funnily enough, it actually ended up making us closer.”
A more upbeat release than ‘Girl, Afraid’, ‘Abyss’makes use of summer-y synths and finger clicking beats, building towards a chorus which breaks like an ocean wave, blending
euphoric instrumentation with Castro’s startlingly perceptive lyrical content. In the song, Castro makes use of mythological-inspired lyrics, comparing the boy in question to Zeus’ son, before remarking that “when you frown / You set fire to kingdoms,”
Poetic lyricism such as this is one sure fire way Taylor Castro sets herself apart from the oversaturated market of pop music. The instrumentation indicates Castro as someone with a keen eye on the trends of the music industry, with her outstanding lyrics tucked away in a package disguised as the hit of the summer.
The fairytale-like ‘Abyss’ is one of the finest feats of storytelling you will see in the charts. This is a talent caught right at the beginning of her journey, and we are privileged to share it with her.