After releasing my EP Tigris, I started working on its darker, more aquatic sounding sister EP Euphrates. I had already spent months writing when I came up with the title “Castaway”, and had planned for it to be one of the singles on my new EP. But when I finished making the song, it was apparent that I had grown as a songwriter and that it didn’t really belong on that project. Even though “Castaway” marked the end of my work on Euphrates (and I ultimately decided not to release it) it was also the beginning of so much more.
The title “Castaway” came to me while I was at a formal dinner that my parents’ friends were hosting back home in Jordan. I was in a room full of people who didn’t understand or really approve of what I was doing and it made me feel like I was floating around on an isolated desert island. That night, I spoke to a woman who was bragging about her daughter who had just graduated from a top tier university and was already planning her wedding. The woman looked at me and said, “Don’t worry darling, you’ll get there soon”. When I sat down to actually write the song a month or two later that was my starting point: “Why you gotta crash my plane just so you can feel your high”.
So I brought in my title and hook/verse idea to a session I had in the books with a writer named Allie Crystal I had met a few months back, Kinetics (B.o.B’s “Airplanes”) and a producer named Larzz Principato (Halsey’s “New Americana”). We all clicked instantly and they quickly became my New York writing crew. By that point, I was in a completely different place in my life. I was back in New York making music and slowly the song turned into a lighthearted, kind of sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek record.
King Deco is a New York based Jordanian indie pop singer. King Deco’s music explores the ideas of being a woman in various situations, and her music reflects breaking free and going against the grain. Her latest release “Castaway” is available here.