Rising star James Lee continues his road to recovery and healing with his second EP CASTLES release! Woven with sad boy/girl songs perfect for late-night summer drives, CASTLES, consisting of 7 tracks, is an intimate look into James's mind, as he navigates through themes of heartbreak, goodbyes, and holding onto loved ones quickly slipping through your fingers like sand.
James shared his thoughts on the EP. "CASTLES is a milestone in my career that expresses the growth I've had as a writer and a producer. When I wrote The Light EP, I relied on the help from some fantastic producers, but for CASTLES, I trusted myself. Even though it was based on the thought of sandcastles washing away, I still find myself reflecting on the process and journey of creating rather than sulking over what's lost. I've become a realistic optimist."
He hopes that listeners recognize the beauty in not only the intricacy of the album, but also the urgency in cherishing every moment. "I hope people that listen to CASTLES will hear everything, from the details in every single arrangement choice to the way the words are expressed in each song. I decided to lean into the music I grew up loving so much. Though the tone of the album is emotional and sad, the greater takeaway for people is to appreciate the moments we have because nothing lasts forever."
To make the release of his second EP even more unique, James provided various offers on his Patreon for fans. They could have their names included in the credits of his upcoming music video for "Liar" and the physical copy of the CASTLES EP – a small gesture to show his fans that they are just as much part of this journey as he is.
In addition to his much-anticipated second EP, James most recently released collaboration track "Alright" with former f(x) singer Amber Liu (5.5 million followers) and the lyric video for "Over Us," putting him on track to become a playlist-favorite of Gen Z and Millennials alike.