Brief synopsis: my character is in a coma in the not-so-distant future, hooked up to a steam-punk mind machine called the “Dreamcom,” which allows him to live out an unrequited love. ?
“I wrote this song about a sensation I believe many people experience: having a very vivid dream about someone totally fictional that your mind conjured, and waking up with a strange love-lorn version of deja-vu. After one such experience a while back, I penned this song trying to capture that emotion the best I could. Many musical ideas come to me in dream-states (hypnagogia if you will), but its rare that I’m able to turn those into reality. I hope you enjoy it.”
“LLT” (Love Like This) is a buoyant, empowering synthpop cut that originated from a dark place. Somewhere post-election, electronic composer Matt Pahler’s songwriting took a turn toward “an apocalyptic ‘humanity is doomed’ theme,” he tells, “but I realized as the song was developing, that message didn’t really resonate because I didn’t believe it. It had to be a song about stark contrast: love growing stronger than the darkness around it. I was more terrified of the future than ever, but also had this intimate closeness with the people around me, almost tribal. And I held that as a sort of torch through the making of this tune.” -Chris Young (Vortex Magazine)
Leo Islo creates a world of strange and dreamy imagery contrasting a shape-shifting white room with dark forests haunted by the monsters of his past- all set to an infectious indie-electronic track full of emotional grit. “Lush Life” explores themes of reckless youth, burned bridges, and a hopeful future with someone new.