Oliver Marson – “Blue Dreams”


“Blue Dreams” is a gripping new track from London-based artist Oliver Marson, channeling a sort of ’80s new-wave mystique amidst contemporary lyricism observing the grindy, corporate-dominated structures of everyday life. Marson self-produced the track, with mixing from Jorge Elbrecht.

Marson has impressed with his melodic, thoughtful songwriting in prior years, spanning from 2019’s “Cocaine Romance” to last year’s “Manipulator.” “Blue Dreams” is a continuation of this stellar sound, reminding of Brit-pop marvels like Pulp and Suede.

“I wrote this one whilst staring at a canister of Blue Dreams on my coffee table after work,” Marson explains. “The song ended up being a dark fantasy about burning down my office job for the insurance money (a bit like in office space).”

The glistening guitars and morose bass line combine with a hazy backing for a retro-pop feeling, with the dark soundscape resembling something out of Twin Peaks. Lyrical musings about burning paychecks drive into the “take you on a cruise,” ardency, with melodic guitar work appearing thereafter. Constant fatigue and complaints, elicited by a manipulated corporate climate, play with relatable enthrallment.

The “why did I choose this life?” refrain resonates into the track’s conclusion, set against the visuals of breaking free from corporate domination. Marson describes this sequence as “kind of a desperate call out for some kind of change. I think a lot of people end up feeling like this in their jobs, relationships and life choices, especially at the moment.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

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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