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Pop Duo Dekleyn Returns to Love With “Only You” ft. Sammi Constantine

Dekleyn -- "Only You" -- single visual
Dekleyn - courtesy of Dekelyn

Indie pop aficionados Dekleyn returned on February 9th with their latest single, “Only You.”  The song marks Justin Kleyn’s and Matthew DeCelis’ first release of 2023, as well as their first collaboration with fellow Sydney-based pop artist Sammi Constantine. 

Sammi’s skilled vocals depart from the beautifully forceful and dark tones found in her own discography and take on warmth for a chill, yet heartfelt performance alongside Justin. From the beginning, “Only You” was meant to be a ballad and a turn towards deep emotion for Dekleyn’s work — and it evolved over time to balance pop ambiance with slower, more sentimental themes. 

At its core, the song captures the conflicting emotions of an on-again, off-again romance where a pair just can’t seem to escape each other – flowing from the highs of “waiting for love to begin” to the lost sleep over realizing there’s “no way out again.” Repetition and return are main focuses in the story of these heavy-hearted lovers, who find themselves changing their minds “over and over and over again.”

“The song works as a beautiful duet about the heartbreak of a rocky relationship…. It’s one of the more complex songs we’ve ever created and we’re super excited to have it out there!” says Dekleyn. Fans of LANY and Lauv can give this artist a listen with “Only You”  — as well as the duo’s 2020 self-titled debut album — available on Spotify, Apple Music, and beyond. 

Ready to add more great discoveries to your queue? Find Dekleyn and more on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Alchemical Records Contributing Writer Emma Downes

Emma Downes

Emma Downes is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where she studied English and Communication. As a lifelong writer and music lover, she is happy to be incorporating both into her work for Alchemical Records. When she’s not writing, she enjoys getting to know the DMV entertainment scene, drawing, and spending time with her four siblings.  

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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.

Fortunately, she was both available and interested.

“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.

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