Castle KYD - Mess You Left Behind: Achingly Artful Indie Folk Pop


A&R Factory

Idaho’s most promising indie-rock singer-songwriter, Castle KYD, is set to release his most visceral single to date, Mess You Left Behind, on November 26th, 2021.

The layered choral vocals run through raw lyricism that explores the complexities of the emotions left in the wake of an abusive relationship as the artfully poised acoustic instrumentals mimic the intensity of the psychological storms that rage on long after the damage has been done.

Producer and instrumentalist Danny Blackburn succeeded in bringing a cinematic feel to Mess You Left Behind while never compromising on the humble simplicity of Castle KYD’s resonant, approachable style.

Castle KYD said:

“Mess You Left Behind was written on a sleepless night, thinking about someone I lived with and had to leave because it was so toxic. In 15 minutes, every feeling, anger and blame poured out of me and formed a poem which became a song in those minutes. After months, I still miss and crave them despite their emotional abuse; I blame myself for craving that, the person who instilled a lot of hurt in me. After struggling to get over it, I’ve become paradoxical; I am the mess this person left behind. “

Amelia Vandergast at A&R Factory said:

In a time where it feels like accountability is a thing of the past, Mess You Left Behind is an efficacious reminder that regardless of how alone you feel in your scorn, you never are; there’s a scarred tribe alongside you. Much more powerfully, Castle KYD proves that grief isn’t exclusively reserved for the people that left a resoundingly positive imprint on our lives when they were in it. In every conceivable way, it is a masterpiece.


Castle KYD is an amalgamation of my desire to relate to people, to explore music as a means to cope, and a desire to communicate things from the banality of life to the simple longing for something meaningful.

I've always been inspired and envious of the artists that could write vulnerable songs and have them be understood by so many - even though their experiences are so personal

I don’t come from a musical background, but I’ve always wanted to do what they did. I started writing in my apartment bedroom out of purely wanting to vent out feelings that would be hard to express otherwise. I kept my writing secret; I would go to open mics and leave as quietly as I came. One day, a friend found out what I had been up to and from that, I did my first private concert. After meeting people that appreciated the messages in my songs at live performances, I got to work on producing my debut single. My first single, Menagerie, was released on August 26th, 2021.

Source A&R Factory

December 2, 2021 11:52am ET by A&R Factory  


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