TRARALGON singer-songwriter Judah Leak has released his new song Can’t Breathe.
Mr Leak, 21, wrote the song a couple of years ago and was waiting for the right time to record and release it. That time is now.
Can’t Breathe is a folk-pop style song, and was written about one of Mr Leak’s former love
“It was originally going to be an acoustic song, but then we did a piano track over it and I just really liked the piano,” he said.
“Most of the lyrics and the tune were the same, but the sound was different by the end.”
The song was released on Mr Leak’s Facebook page, with as a music video accompanying it.
Produced by local man Toby Just, the video shows Mr Leak walking along a beach singing while having black and white flashbacks of his time with a woman.
The video was shot three days at Woodside Beach, Kilcunda, and Phillip Island.
Mr Leak’s friend, Indi Lee is featured as the subject of the song, while Amy plays the keyboard.
A lot of work went on behind the scenes to make the video happen.
The recording and mixing of the song was orchestrated by Mr Leak and members of his family.
His dad, Matt Leak, engineered and mixed the track – and played a majority of the instruments – while Mr Leak’s sister, Amy Leak, provided backup vocals.
Musical talent runs in Mr Leak’s family, and he and his seven siblings grew up with a love for music.
“My whole family pretty much plays instruments or sings… my sister does guitar and piano, and she sings as well,” he said.
“I love singing, I’m really passionate about it. I just get a lot of joy from it.”
Mr Leak said he is pleased with the outcome of the music video and the response has received from family, friends and his online following.
“It definitely encapsulates what I envisioned, I’m very happy with it,” he said.
Mr Leak said he is unsure what the future holds for him at the moment.
He enjoys working full-time as a barista, but would not be opposed to taking his music further in the future.
This year, he is planning on writing as much music as he can.
“Maybe next year I’ll look at getting more gigs and busking,” he said.