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Alex Di Leo: “Youth”

By: Eric Reyes
April 01, 2020

The optimism and impulsiveness of youth; the self-awareness and thoughtfulness that comes with maturity. These two separate aspects of a person, of their growth, are typically captured as just that; separate. For singer/songwriter Alex Di Leo, youth and maturity are fleeting grains of sand slipping through our fingers as we stumble, fall, rise, and soar through life. 

β€œYouth”, a spellbinding single from the sophomore artist, familiar to festival and college radio audiences around the country, is a deft expression of this philosophy. A layered musical texture rolls over us as Alex Di Leo lays out the confusing, contradicting paths that make up our lives. These catchy and melodic musings are punctuated by reverb-heavy calls to youth, that fleeting period of life that feels as though it has no end till it does. The soft instrumentals of simple guitars and mixing board structure a rolling wave of sound that surrounds a lyrical expression of uncertainty and excitement. 

Alex Di Leo presents to us a track that is both deeply personal and immediately relatable. The fact that β€œYouth” is wonderful to listen to is an added testament to this artist’s talent and promise. Listen below, and then tell us what you think of it on social media: @gasmaskmagazine.

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