New Release Roundup: Royal Castles, Aidan Skira, & Hollow Graves

Royal Castles

For fans of Weezer, Elliot Brood, The Beaches

“Bad Business Barbie”

Ontario-based trio, Royal Castles, is on the cusp of releasing their anticipated EP, Singles Night, as they enter their third album cycle. The indie garage pop band evolves with each release, culminating in the revelation of their latest single, “Bad Business Barbie,” which references one of their previous tracks, “Money Song.”

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Unveiling an electrifying aspect of the band, the new track magnifies the soaring vocals and songwriting prowess of drummer Katrin Sawatzky. The music video, an arresting visual feast, complements the song’s narrative with striking symbolism, and the close-up shots of Sawatzky’s face further helps to express her vulnerability as a woman in the industry.

Through this song, Royal Castles fearlessly address the plight of women ensnared by patriarchal norms, echoing a fervent call to action, a candid confessional on vulnerability, power, freedom, and the enigmatic secrets that dwell within. 

“Bad Business Barbie”

Aidan Skira

For fans of XXXTentacion, Trippie Redd, Juice Wrld

“In Your Shoes”

Emerging from his basement studio in Vaughan, Ontario, 19-year-old Aidan Skira is propelled by an insatiable urge to share his “dark yet hopeful” mindset with the world. After navigating the turbulent waters of his adolescence, he finds himself confronting the complexities of approaching adulthood, and harnessing the power of music and animations to unravel life’s mysteries. 

With an empathetic soul, Skira delves into the minds of others, seeking to perceive life from their unique vantage points. 

His latest single, “In Your Shoes,” becomes a quest to comprehend the intricacies of another’s perspective, paving the way for genuine connection and adaptability to their outlook on the world. It delves into the art of understanding, painting an evocative picture of attempting to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes

Through soulful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, Skira invites listeners on a journey of self-discovery, bridging the gap between diverse experiences and forging bonds of empathy and unity.

“In Your Shoes”

Hollow Graves

For fans of Joy Division, Interpol, DIIV, Slowdive

“High Exposure”

Since 2018, Hollow Graves has been captivating the Toronto music scene with an enchanting blend of indie rock, post-punk, and shoegaze. Their music is a seamless fusion of atmospheric guitar melodies, pulsating bass lines, and dynamic drumming, all brought to life by hauntingly expressive vocals.

In an era where self-promotion reigns supreme in an artist’s career, Hollow Graves astutely captures the intoxicating effects of attention and fame on a person’s decisions and behavior through their new song, “High Exposure.” It delves into the allure of falsehood when faced with adulation and stardom. 

This introspective track delves into the perilous consequences of dishonesty on one’s personal growth and journey of self-discovery. “High Exposure” also serves as a poignant reflection on the prevalent challenges faced by artists in the digital age, inviting us to ponder the complexities of authenticity in a world dominated by the allure of the spotlight.

“High Exposure”

Featured photo: Royal Castles

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