leo. releases infectious EP 'letters from dreamland'
leo. is a classically trained musician, which can perhaps explain his unique brand of bedroom pop. Born in Portugal, he recorded and produced his debut single in 2018 and five singles later, the singer-songwriter is living in the UK and making waves in the music industry. His latest offering comes in the form of EP 'letters from dreamland.'
'letters from dreamland' showcases leo.'s talent for writing infectious melodies. Nostalgic harmonies are expressed by his raw, emotional vocal that paints pictures of personal growth. The vocals work hand in glove by his delicate arrangements and ebb and flow between each other creating his signature sound that is apparent the whole way through the EP.
Speaking to us about the release he says: "This EP tells the story of my journey of personal growth, from the moment I conceptualised dreamland to the moment I escaped it. The songs are about my life experiences, dealing with my (often shitty) brain, navigating relationships (and the loss of them), and learning how to communicate, how to grieve, and how to allow myself to be human. They are vulnerable, honest, some are really really fun, and some are really sad, but they’re all exactly what I envisioned them to be when I reached out to producer Ed Allen last summer about this new project. He produced most of the tracks on the EP and working with him has taught me a lot about making music. I can’t wait to keep doing projects with him. Producer duo Pink Monkey Bird produced ‘when you’re me’, which was one of the last additions to the EP. The introductory first track, ‘as the autumn leaves’ is an excerpt from the first song I ever wrote, back in 2017, when I was 14.
I loved watching all the musician Youtubers like Dodie and Cavetown singing about their feelings with their ukuleles, so I asked my dad if he had a ukulele by any chance, and he did. Since then, I’ve never stopped writing. I had no idea what I’d be able to achieve and how many people I’d be able to touch with my songs, and I’m extremely grateful for everyone that has tuned in. From dreamland, to anyone who wants to listen, I hope this EP helps you look inside and allow yourself to feel, it has definitely helped me a lot.”
After the success of his 2019 single, ‘despair’, which ended up reaching over 20 million streams, we’re excited to see the reaction of his latest release. With many accolades under his belt, the future looks amazing for the young singer-songwriter.