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” To everyone who has helped me in any way with my musical journey I am so thankful and to the other nominees, you are all so immensely talented. I feel so incredibly grateful to be apart of the WA music scene. I am just getting started, so watch this space. To have this kind of support this early on in my career is bloody awesome.”
“FairPlay is the second single from Castle Hughes, and her sound brings with it a retro vibe, assisted by deep vocals reminiscent of other strong female artists, such as Amy Winehouse, and to a certain extent, Kate Bush.”
Thank you Lisa Hafey for showing FairPlay some love
Perth born rising music artist Castle Hughes releases Fairplay, the follow-up to her 2021 debut single Moving On, which was a finalist in the WAM Song of the Year Awards 14-17-year-old category in 2021.It was also the winner of the Youth Week Songwriting Competition for CALM, nominee in the International Songwriting Awards – Teen category, finalist in The UK Songwriting Contest – Teen Category and a semi- finalist in the WA Listen Up Music Songwriting Prize 2021. Castle Hughes’ new release reveals a maturation of her extraordinary talents, blending organic, retro and electro elements to create a spellbinding contemporary pop track with hooks, heart and integrity. As Castle says about her latest release, ‘This song was written during my last year of high school (2021). I was really struggling, seemed to be at conflict with everyone and felt not good enough. I had another argument with my mum and this song kind of spewed out post argument.’ The song’s lyric explores the nuances of relationship dynamics, with an emphasis on relinquishing control. Fairplay merges ahypnotic rhythm to swathes of melodic magic, all highlighted by Castle’s incredible vocal performance—controlled yet enticing. Fairplay outlines more than just a personal awakening but a creative one and is sure to resonate with many.
This nomination comes hot off the tail of winning the NSW CALM Inc. Youth Week Song Writing Competition, where she spent the day workshopping a new song with the brilliantly talented Ilan Kidron from The Potbelleez.
Loved catching up with the incredible Matthew Garwood from Chilli Fm’s Oz Made to discuss ‘Moving On’.
Catch the full interview on his website here
The following excerpt is from an article that was published on Happymag.tv
“Silky and soaring with prowess, Castle offers up a uniquely impressive new single that navigates heartbreak and female solidarity.
Perth based singer-songwriter Castle is an old soul. At just sixteen, she’s released her debut single Moving On: a transformative work of pure indie-pop triumph. Her fresh-faced and clearly articulated take on a break-up anthem is decorated in a delicate vintage sheen. Under her own label Castle Music, she is about to take the industry by storm with her performative new age sound.
Whilst the world went through a breakdown, Castle was busy creating. Reflecting the ontological themes of 2020 back into the narrative of the end of a romantic relationship, she cleverly addresses the theme of resilience. Optimistic and brave, Moving On is Castle’s victory lap. After busking around Perth, whilst juggling the stresses of high school, she’s self-funded her own project and offers up creative brilliance.”
You can read the full article by Cassia Brisco on Happymag.tv.