A powerful combination of heartfelt introspection and contemporary dream-pop, Lissie's fourth studio album Castles marks the return of a singular voice in the modern American scene. Written predominantly from Lissie's new home in northeast Iowa, Castles represents a spiritual, as well as musical development: it's a portrait of an artist who has always been on the move, and is finally creating a sense of permanency; a chance to catch her breath and reflect.
Lissie says, "The album title Castles and the themes of the music itself suggest a striving and a heightened vantage point. I can stand above myself in the tower of my mind and reflect on my relationships and life. There is a maturity, experience and self awareness to these songs that feel like a natural progression within the context of my work to date."
Stripped back to one voice and its simple, yet poignant piano accompaniment, haunting single "Blood And Muscle" allows Lissie's vocals to soar, as she summons the strength to "laugh at the dark." The song serves as a perfect distillation of the spirit of self-determination that courses through all of Castles. No longer willing to stand back and cede her power to others, Lissie is unafraid to finally, and boldly state her dreams and desires: "I want a love that's made of blood and muscle."