Dead Emerson – “Fools Gold”


Dean Emerson crafts melodic pop under the alias Dead Amerson. The DMV-raised, LA-based artist impresses with new track “Fools Gold,” which released this week. Dazed guitars, a lush acoustic backing and clanky lead, begin the track alongside serene vocals. The multi-layered vocals past the 30-second mark add an enjoyable melodic flair, as does the soaring bridge that follows. As anticipated, the title-referencing hook that follows plays with fun, contagious appeal. “Fools Gold” is a well-produced, harmonious success from Dead Emerson.

Dean talks more about the track below:

I wrote this song about growing up in a suburb of Maryland that had 5 groceries stores and nothing to do– we often would drive aimlessly on backroads as bored teenagers. Driving became, quite literally, an escape whenever I was dealing with family or relationship issues– at one point I drove 10 hours to Tennessee for the hell of it. It’s funny though, situations don’t change just because you’re in a different place. So that’s what Fools Gold is: double yellow lines on the road promising an escape but leading to the same spot you were in before.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Catchy Indie Pop.

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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