Jason King – “DREAMS.”


A hooky pop success with strong inspirational lyrics, “DREAMS.” is a standout from Jason King, a New York-born musician, producer, dancer, and comedian now based in San Francisco. “I will not let you let them die,” King sings during the track’s mid-point, referring to the fragile yet important role of dreams and aspirations in one’s life. “DREAMS.” enamors in its portrayal of perseverance amidst a fantastic pop production melding piano, dreamy wordless backing vocals, and a heady rhythmic accompaniment.

“”DREAMS.” is a song written at one of the lowest points in my life,” King explains. “At the time, I had not given up on my vision (or dream), but my actions and my perception of myself seemed to demonstrate the opposite. I wrote this song as a way to uplift and encourage myself and dismiss the shackles of my own negativity.”

The continued emphasis on these sentiments — “I want to keep my dreams alive, I want to feel like I’m living in my paradise,” — prove consistently stirring, traversing from hazy piano-led effervescence into a rock-friendly bridge with pop-punk appeal. “DREAMS.” is easy to get stuck on replay.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging 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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