UNCO[V]ERED: Los Leo

Adelaide-based indie-pop artist LOS LEO (real name Tom Montesi) has just unveiled the striking music video for ‘The End’, which has picked up the title of UNCO[V]ERED video this week. Directed by Bill Bleakley and shot in an old run down motel in Charlton, Victoria, the video is made to feel like a story in reverse.

To me, it feels like a bolder release [after ‘False Start’, ‘Keep You Warm’ and ‘Beautiful Mess’],” says Tom Montesi, “Lyric-wise, it’s a different kind of song. It sort of comes from a deeper place. It’s still a very touchy subject for me but I’ve been through some health issues in recent years and… actually, I’m still going through them. I guess you could say the theme of the song is mental health.

Sonically there’s a lot of contrast,” says Tom. Together with his Sydney-based producer and co-writer Chris Collins (Skeggs, Ruby Felds), “we worked really hard to balance light and shade to bring different feelings to the lyrics.”

The opening piano riff and verses had been lying dormant on Tom‘s phone for two years, waiting for the right time for their tender emotions to surface. Four years of chronic fatigue and still undefined autoimmune issues kept its darkness hovering. The light came from the act of creation.

We wanted to switch the sound up a bit, so we decided to spend as much time as possible outside of the computer. There’s a lot more organic elements this time: live percussion, live guitar, live bass, mostly played by me and Chris, with my friend Ilia Martini on drums.

Turns out that my favourite songs are the ones that are easiest to write,” Tom says. “If I’m beating my head against a brick wall trying to get something out, maybe it’s just not meant to happen. This song was kind of the opposite.

For those that saw LANY on their recent Aussie tour, you may have caught LOS LEO playing support (we definitely made a point to get there early). If you didn’t, he’s one to watch out for – hopefully on a headlining tour soon.


UNCO[V]ERED premieres on Saturday at 12noon, straight out of the Spotify Countdown. Channel 801, only on Foxtel.