Taylor Castro is dropping new single Girl, Afraid, a song which she wrote about her own experiences with OCD. In the run-up, she is encouraging fans online to share their own experiences with mental health struggles, something which will surely prove invaluable in the coming weeks with the world in isolation. Taylor spoke with The Fountain about the single in more depth and her inspiration from Taylor Swift.

TF: You have a new single out, what inspired you to title it Girl, Afraid?

It was definitely a bit of an allusion to the film Girl, Interrupted. That’s of course a film that deals with mental illness. I didn’t want the lyrics to actually say I have OCD because I wanted everyone to find themselves in it, but I wanted that idea to be there: that I have something abnormal tormenting my mind. In addition, I just love the movement in the phrase. There’s always been something about it. Chris Price, the genius who composed the song, actually pitched me an idea of his a little over a year earlier that had the same title as the movie. It was him who made me consider the format of the title as an avenue for writing a song that’s more personally tailored.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Girl, Afraid is a song about my struggle with OCD created for the purpose of comforting others in their own difficulties.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?

Good question! I’ve recently come to admire Taylor Swift more so than ever. She was always brilliant, but doesn’t get enough credit, in my opinion. The imagery and political allegory of Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince never ceases to amaze me and it’s so underrated. I also admire EDEN. He’s doing it all on his own and it just feels so genuine and borderless. There’s another guy I’m inspired by named Gregory Alan Isakov who makes these haunting melodies with the most remarkable lyrics. Both Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett are also incredible in every way and on the rise. Mark my words, they’re going to change the game. It’d be so cool to be their friend. Oh! Also, Grace VanderWaal. She’s got a real gift.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?

As of now, the plan is to release two LPs of the same overall concept, a part one and part two of Girl, Afraid, both in full length. That’s not really officially yet, but it’s what I’m leaning towards. The schedule for the year has definitely been altered a bit, but I’m undoubtedly releasing a ton of music and possibly going on tour in the near future which is exceptionally exciting. All that being said, I’m just at home right now trying to stay as healthy as possible.