Hunter S. Thompson once famously wrote:

The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still out there.”

PÄRADOX CÄSTLES’ 2024 single, ‘Jump off the Edge’, explores the very essence of Thompson’s conundrum; a tight-rope tap dance on the Do I? Don’t I? edge of love; an angsty meditation on the precipice of The Unknown. Like the complex, yet universal, dilemma explored within the track itself – the daring and empowering experience of abandoning love while simultaneously hearkening for the echoes of its salvation – contradiction is the foundation of this musical fortress.

PÄRADOX CÄSTLES’ composer, vocalist, and producer, Justin Ray Cowell, belts out self-soothing, reassuring affirmations to the dramatic antipodal backdrop of hard-rock riffs, capturing the turmoil of jumping into the light of the abyss from the shadows of freshly lost love.

Cowell sings, ‘Jump off the edge, don’t let me fall / You make me feel like I’m bleeding, Know you can tell that I need it / Are we in hell, or are we dreaming?’

PÄRADOX CÄSTLES’ recent follow-up single, ‘In my Head’, maintains the artist’s thematic backbone of duality, contradiction, and paradoxes – both sonically and lyrically. Hard-hitting reverbed riffs reminiscent of The Deftones and noughties-era Nu Metal staples mesh with pendulum-swinging vocals that range from Trent Reznor-esque rawness to the sentimentality of R&B, all encompassed with subtle contemporary electronic flair.

The stylistically eclectic, genre-bending unpredictability of PÄRADOX CÄSTLES’ two recent singles both succeed in their ambitious attempts to embody the complex nature of their artistic sources of inspiration – the emotional hurricane of love in all of its stages, and the deafening silence of its aftermath.

Between the blending of era-defining musical influences and emotive, relatable lyrical reflections on the voyage of love, both ‘Jump off the Edge’ and ‘In my Head’ lead listeners on a multi-layered journey of nostalgia; an audible path leading us to contemplate our own difficult decisions once made from ‘The Edge’.

PÄRADOX CÄSTLES shows no signs of slowing down, with a new album due to drop in Autumn of 2024.


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