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Miss Elm signals the future of folk-pop songwriting on The Castle

It was back in August, with the release of her single Clean Slate, that we were first introduced to the irresistible folk-pop sounds of Miss Elm. In an incredibly short amount of time, the Brisbane-based artist has crafted a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and explorative; it’s rooted in earthy tones, but stretches into exciting sonic territories.

With the release of her latest single The Castle, the singer-songwriter continues to establish her penchant for crafting truly immersive and endearing gems of sound. If you’re not already listening to this artist, we strongly recommend you change that.

On her new single The Castle, Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Miss Elm crafts a spell-binding, genre-bending slice of folk-pop brilliance.

Throughout the new track, Miss Elm glides through a spell-binding blend of folk, pop, and jazz to deliver something uniquely her own. With rich, textured layers of instrumentation and undeniably addictive vocal lines, The Castle is oozing with complete musical charm.

Across its punchy three minute run-time, the song builds into something unexpected and captivating—it never sits in one place for too long. From the song’s opening moments—which are based around raw, stripped back vocal melodies and clicks—one would be forgiven for expecting a straight-forward folk jam. But very quickly an entirely new musical vision is projected.

With rhythmic pop beats and contemporary hooks, The Castle acknowledges the folk music that inspired it, but reaches towards a more experimental and well-developed future.

By the time the track reaches its conclusion, we guarantee you’ll be mesmerised by Miss Elm’s unique blend of sounds.

These are still relatively early days for this Brisbane artist, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.

In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to The Castle above.

Catch Miss Elm live tonight (November 6th) at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane. More info here.