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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. 

“Youth”, 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 “Youth” 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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