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Leland's Solo Single 'Mattress' Gets a Lyric Video

Photography: Alex Cayley

The breakout artist has penned hits for Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez & Allie X. 

Leland, the queer singer/songwriter who's penned hits for Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez and Allie X, is riding the release of his solo single, "Mattress," with a new lyric video. Set above glistening synth production, the artist sings about wanting more from a friendship and constantly staying silent for fearing of ruining things. "Why do I always do this to myself?" he asks on the chorus. "I let you go with someone else, when all I want's my body on your mattress."

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But this openly queer confessional is something Leland admits took him time to be able to sing publicly. "I would never have been able to write that song if I had not been comfortable with myself," Leland told OUT. "This song wouldn't exist if I wasn't a gay artist that's out and proud, and able to write about the feelings and emotions I'm going through. It's sort of a sad lyric with a happy beat, and that's really the tone I'm setting for my music."

Before embarking on his solo career, Leland had established himself as a certified hitmaker, most notably working closely with Sivan on songs like "Youth" and Martin Garrix's "There For You." He's also a longtime collaborator with Allie X, having co-penned highlights on both her albums, including CollXtion II's career-defining single, "Paper Love." A proven staple for acclaimed alt-pop, Leland made his strongest crossover with Selena Gomez's latest release, "Fetish."

Watch Leland's "Mattress" lyric video, below.

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