This was a tough theme to nail. In fact, for each of the songs I could think of "pause screen" only as a second application, as I always pictured some other kind of level first.
Nonetheless, the entries were very very good production-wise
I'll leave comment and express my top 3 when we're sure no one else is entering.
Lloyde Sorrow: I loved this piece, it is very sweet. Feels like resting, gave me To the Moon vibes.
hlesperance: I like the sense of suspension this song has, makes you feel you have to do something so the music will resolve.
I feel it would work perfectly in a cave too.
Avaruussaha: Very good! Same direction as Lloyde, but darker, almost a "game over" feel. If Lloyde was "rest", this is like deep slumber.
FingerstyleGaming: This is very nice, I can definitely imagine this to work in a Little Nightmares kind of game.
Tremendouz: Some dungeon feel indeed, but I really like the soundstaging and the texture.
Floflo79: This has a lot of "lobby" vibe, which I think is good for this theme I think. The song sounds a bit chopped, like if you pulled down a fader in the middle of it
HM - FingerstyleGaming
3rd - Avaruussaha
2nd - Lloyde Sorrow
1st - hlesperance
For next month I really don't know. Frozen? Chase? Dungeon? Boss?
Dungeon could be my favorite, to be honest, but let's hear les autres.