Oliver Marson – “Cocaine Romance”


“Cocaine Romance” is the debut solo release from Oliver Marson, coming from the forthcoming EP of the same name. “The song itself was written about a friend of mine who began dating a drug dealer,” Marson says. “I was worried more than anything, but I guess I secretly just really liked her. I would sit at the desk of my mundane office job, listening to new wave bands from the 80s and imagine all the things she might have been getting up to in these dark and seedy worlds that don’t even exist.”

The track touts a consuming aesthetic that meshes ’80s synth-pop/post-punk with modern lo-fi indie-pop — like a cross of The Chameleons UK and John Maus. The prancing synths and suave vocals captivate, the “I’m not turning back now,” bridge leading into an emotive Smiths-esque turn with jangly guitars. “Cocaine Romance” will definitely appeal to fans of John Maus, Ariel Pink, and the like. Marson is definitely an artist to keep an ear out for.

“Cocaine Romance” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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