Simen Mitlid – “Grateful Dead”


“Grateful Dead” is a lushly engrossing track from Simen Mitlid. The Oslo, Norway-based singer/songwriter first caught my ear in 2017, with the tracks “I Don’t Care” and “Vacation.” “Grateful Dead” features a lovely, melodic dual-vocal presence amidst trickling acoustics with suave electric adornments. The “pretending,” hook plays with a vibrant, infectious allure. “Grateful Dead” easily gets stuck in my head with its hypnotizing folk sound.

Mitlid writes the following about the track: “‘Grateful Dead’ is a song about ghosts, both in a metaphorical way and a concrete way. I wanted to write about miscommunication and ghosts became a metaphor for that.”

“Grateful Dead” comes via Mitlid’s forthcoming album, Birds; or, Stories from Charlie B’s Travels From Grønland to the Sun, and Back Again, out on October 30th.

“Grateful Dead” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2020’ 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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