This post was originally published in October 2018.

Paul De Leon blends elements of rock, folk, and pop, in the style of artists like John Mayer and Dave Matthews, but with a nod to some more synth-heavy sounds like The 1975. I find the melody here to have some nice movement, and with the fast pulse, the dynamics of the arrangement work flawlessly to create contrast between kick-and-snare-heavy elevation and the low purr of a synth patch.

The sense of purpose comes from the open exploration of a difficult past, with some lessons learned and a lasting bond:

“Please don’t go
won’t make it on my own
make it on my own
We are strong
won’t let them take our home”— Paul De Leon

The folky affect of the verse, combined with the steady kick drum, sets up a wonderful delivery of the self-affirming message from the chorus: that we can make our home whatever we want it to be.

Paul De Leon is a singer-songwriter based in Vienna, Austria. This song is featured on our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.