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LEO ISLO – GOLDEN GRAVE EP (SynthPop – US)

Leo Islo

Leo Islo is the moniker of Portland-based producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Pahler. Born in Chile and raised in the small mountain city of Flagstaff, AZ, he began touring as a drummer playing at venues across Arizona at the early age of 17 and it wasn’t long before his passion for music led him to songwriting. Artists like Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, Caribou and Washed Out became early influences in his production style, a well-balanced mix of retro synths, ethereal vocals, warm guitars and analog beats.

2015 was a breakout year for Leo Islo and saw his transition house-driven beats through a series of single releases that garnered accolades from influential bloggers and won him a devoted fanbase. “Oh Dystopia” charted on the Spotify Viral Charts while “Higher Living” went on to place well on the Hype Machine Charts, peaking at #10.

In 2016, Leo Islo continues to build on his previous achievements with the Golden Grave EP. The release shifts seamlessly between lo-fi, house and indie pop, incorporating aspects of each of these styles to build the foundations of Pahler’s unique sound.

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LEO ISLO – HIGHER LIVING (House/Synth – US)

Leo Islo

Portland-based producer, singer, songwriter Leo Islo has shared the uptempo yet soulful “Higher Living”, released via The Los Angeles Music Project (LAMP) in the US and Opening Light (Kazy Lambist, Royaume) in France.

The track opens with floating synths, pitch bending chords and echoing piano stabs, before being cut by a deep, gritty bassline. House-infused beats enhance the songs main groove, layering elements into a hazy cloud before heading back into dance territory. Islo’s signatures airy smooth vocals carefully guide you through each chorus and generating a hypnotic harmony with the core melody.

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