The UNC Clef Hangers' full-length album, Fixate, and single, "Castle on the Hill," have received seven nominations for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
The nominations include: Best Male Collegiate Album for "Fixate," Best Male Collegiate Arrangement for "Castle On The Hill" (Taylor Euliss, Matt Goldman), Best Male Collegiate Solo for "Castle on the Hill" (Taylor Euliss), Best Male Collegiate Song for "Castle on the Hill," Best Country Song for "Tennessee Whiskey," Best Hip-Hop Song for "Trap Queen" and Best Pop Song for "Levels."
Every two years, the Clef Hangers release an album, and every two years they try to make it better than the last. Music director Matt Goldman said that the goal for "Fixate" was to make it more cohesive than previous albums.
“What we kind of wanted to do was — we assessed that the previous albums were a little unfocused, so we tried to get a definitely clearer focus,” Goldman said.
Although it spans genres, Fixate has a common theme that weaves throughout the songs. Some album cuts such as "Can’t Feel My Face" and "Lookin’ Like That" offered more of a “lustful” vibe, according to business manager Patrick Dow.