PREMIERE: “Kills Me” is heartbreaking pop perfection from Olivia Castriota

Olivia Castriota

Olivia Castriota is a New York City based vocalist and recording artist. It all started at age 11 — back when she only had a bedazzled purple hairbrush in hand. Luckily for all of us, she never did give up on singing and is constantly inspired by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Tove Lo, Bishop Briggs, and more.

Her unique blend of pop, R&B, soul and more has landed Castriota on shows all across the country — including at the world-famous Apollo Theater, and even the massive MetLife Stadium. Her 2015 debut album, All At once, even peaked at #2 on the iTunes US New Album release charts, and became the catalyst for her young, promising career. She ultimately followed this up with her latest single, “Weekend Lover,” which was released back in August 2018.

While not many of us kept many of our journals and diaries from when we were younger, there’s an even lower percentage of us that even thought about making some content from them public. But that’s the story behind the new track from Castriota, “Kills Me.” It’s a deeply personal single about her experiences with the cycle of a destructive and unhealthy relationship.

“The first draft of this song was a journal entry that I wrote the day we finally ended it,” says Castriota. “We woke up at 5:00AM and said a final cold goodbye, I packed a weekend bag and took a Greyhound bus out of town. Everything hurt, and the only thing I could think to do was write it down. It was so intense that I could barely read it afterwards. Three years later, I finally felt strong enough to revisit those feelings. As I reread the words from my past self, and felt the familiar pain all over again, I knew it was time to put it to music.”

“Kills Me” can be streamed above, and features key players such as up-and-coming producer Kyle Burke and background vocalist Camille Trust. Castriota is expected to release more singles in the near future, continuing her takeover of the music scene.

Additionally, a music video for “Kills Me” will be released in just two weeks, on Friday, November 16th. A teaser for the video from Castriota can be found below.