Australian born singer-songwriter, Paul De Leon, has released his brand new single, ‘Criminals’ and it lives up to all expectations following the success of his previous releases ‘The One You Want’ and ‘Take It Away’.
Before entering the world of singing and song writing, Paul De Leon was an accomplished drummer and guitarist in his own right. His music is best described as mellow indie rock, full of infectious hooks and powerful instrumentation, quite clear as soon as he begins to play. His song writing oozes passion and authenticity, both lyrically and melodically.
With its slick production, mellow drumbeat and sparkling guitar tones, ‘Criminals’ is a track full of atmosphere and originality. There is a slightly haunting soundscape as the track opens, leading into a punchy back beat, seamlessly led through by Paul’s smooth, effortless vocals. He delivers his lyrics with incredible passion and expression, connecting you with the song from the first note. But, moreover, it’s a track you can attach to and find your way with, lyrically and musically. Paul demonstrates some vocal dexterity and yet leaves something held back, drawing you in and asking for more. The song has rock overtones but also meanders which makes it accessible to all. There is an immediacy along with something driving it through, note by note.
Paul De Leon has impressed with every track he’s released recently and for good reason. His music speaks to the modern variation of indie-rock. Its smooth without being ambient but enough substance to truly latch onto. Which has surely cemented him as ‘one to watch’ in the indie scene this year, and certainly in the years to come by all rights. If chilled out indie-rock is your thing, you need to be sure to give ‘Criminals’ a listen, you won’t be disappointed!
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