Singaporean singer-songwriter DEON has just released his brand new single ‘Breathe In’ via independent music label, Where Are The Fruits.
Listening to it, we can’t help but shed a tear or two on the inside, as its honest lyricism, pulsating soundscape and undulating waves captivate our hearts, pulling us deep into an introspective moment with the artist.
Since releasing his last album eulogia; eulogy in 2019, and an acoustic ‘Prologue; Eulogia’ in 2020, together with a heart-felt collaborative refreshed take on ‘Fix’ with Japan’s soul-pop artist Shohey Uemura (THREE1989), Singapore’s maestro and veteran singer-songwriter DEON has announced the release of a brand new single, ‘Breathe In’. An upcoming EP, slated for release in Q1 of 2022.
Known to blend earnest and heartfelt melodies with evocative lyrics, ‘Breathe In’ is DEON’s personal commitment and mantra to take time to process feelings, thoughts, and most importantly staying centered and calm in the eye of the storm.
Written in 2019 while recovering from post-surgery, pressure, and stress had built up towards the end of DEON’s first corporate job, and the singer-songwriter found himself at a crossroads of what to do next, having to deal with loss from the passing of his two family dogs, and experiencing first-hand his parents growing old while being ill.
“With everything happening at once at that point in time, I wrote ‘Breathe In’ on an exceptionally emotional night to remind myself to stay calm, be centered, and to inject some courage into my decisions – I cemented my decision to leave my job that very night. While developing this track in the context of the pandemic, I understood the full weight of this piece as a reminder to be steady when difficulties hit. As the first track taken off my upcoming EP, it sets the scene for the direction and intent for the rest of the EP. I can’t wait for all of you to hear it when it comes out in 2022.”
Sonically, ‘Breathe In’ has the mellow push and pull in syncopation, signifying the internal thoughts of processing one’s feelings and thoughts, while blending in with the calmness in DEON’s voice.
“The vibe of the single was based on my experiences travelling with my close friends and musicians to Great Ocean Road in 2018 and visiting Odaiba’s (Tokyo) teamLab Borderless exhibition while on tour in 2019. Australia’s stunning scenery and open spaces has a way of calming my soul, and wandering through larger-than-life visuals in Tokyo while being fully immersed in a sensory overload tore down my walls and brought upon a huge emotional release. I felt entirely in touch with my spirit then – to feel vulnerable, yet calm, this inspired the direction for ‘Breathe In’”.
With ‘Breathe In’, DEON will also release an accompanying lyric video on 10 September 2021. The video teases elements of visuals that comprise animal motifs for his upcoming EP – the motifs illustrate metaphors referencing loved ones who have passed in recent years. The video records the physical representation of committing memory to skin – with the singer-songwriter getting inked.
Cover photo: Zinkie Aw