Freya Ridings Ups The Tempo On Defiant New Single, “Castles”

Mike Wass | July 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Freya's 'You Mean The World To Me'
Breakout star Freya Ridings unleashes emotional ballad 'You Mean The World To Me.'

EDIT: The post has been updated with the striking video, which finds Freya serving looks and even a little choreography. Watch below.

After perfecting balladry on breakthrough hit “Lost Without You” (the first completely self-penned top 10 hit by a female artist in the UK since 2012), Freya Ridings switches it up on “Castles.” The Brit’s new single is a defiant, mid-tempo breakup anthem with enough vulnerability to be relatable. “You held my hand into the darkness, I didn’t care it made me just want you more,” she sings in the opening verse. “Your love it seemed so harmless, I never noticed.” Freya then grapples with the conflicting emotions surging through her body.

“I hate that you’re gone and I hate that I don’t wanna let go,” the 25-year-old admits, before coming to a conclusion on the anthemic chorus: “I’m gonna build castles from the rubble of your love.” At this rate, Freya’s self-titled debut LP (due July 19) is shaping up to be something special. “Lost Without You” is obviously the album’s cornerstone, but previously released songs like “You Mean The World To Me” and “Ultraviolet” suggest that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Listen to “castles” below and pre-order Freya Ridings here.

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