SINGLE REVIEW: Moving On by Castle

Emerging Australian music sensation Castle has just released her debut single, Moving On. The Perth born independent singer-songwriter is another example of the new breed of DIY artists forging their distinct paths to establishing a musical identity. Moving On is a contemporary pop smash, a genre-mixing combination of melodic power and lyrical prowess, beautifully infused by Castle’s hypnotic performance. Utilising an ingenious series of dynamics, Moving On is more than just another pop song; it eschews stereotypical traits to glide from the meditative to the exuberant. Castle’s poetic vitality is given a majestic backdrop with the chorus’s exceptional hooks and expansive, cinematic production. 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 makes way for Castle’s evocative vocal, setting a contemplative mood. As the track builds, from the subtle rhythmic parts to the strings, the melodic strength is quickly established as it flows into the chorus, with its majestic hooks and swathe of vocals and expansive sound textures. 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.

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