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Oliver Marson’s music is about the dirt, the bile and putrid rot that congeals beneath the streets, in dingy alleyways and in the deepest crevices of our minds. In a culture obsessed with aesthetic, with performing the best version of ourselves, Marson’s music is only interested in one kind of performance: acknowledging the dark side of human nature, and our inability to never know who we truly are.
This musical pathway was not a natural one for the London-based musician. Growing up in Guernsey in the Channel Islands meant that a diverse set of cultural influences were near inaccessible for Marson. However, weaning himself on an eclectic diet of musical and filmic references ensured that this idiosyncratic musician could carve his own artistic pathway.
Everything from The Smiths, Bowie, David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky seeped its way into the music he creates now. Oliver Marson’s debut single “Cocaine Romance” perfectly encapsulates the artist’s rapid path forward. With a clear narrative trajectory, Marson’s lyrics tell the tragic tale of a young woman succumbing to her vices. Fuelled by illicit substances, the woman undergoes a nightmarish journey, as her personal reality begins to contort and distort in front of her eyes.
The single’s accompanying music video so perfectly captures the song’s calamitous narrative. Actor and model Krisi Krilisi stars as a young woman undergoing a horrific transformation. Much like the films of David Lynch, this non-linear narrative reveals our protagonist undergoing a hideous transformation from vulnerability to the embodiment of pure id. All the while, Oliver Marson watches this unfold, a demonic presence manipulating the hallucinatory events of the story.
Oliver Marson’s music is exciting, bold and, most importantly, toxic. He is not interested in manufacturing reality, but rather exploring the darkness at the heart of reality. Influenced by new wave, jangle-pop and contemporary aggressive synth-pop, “Cocaine Romance” is a bold, aggressive and dark song that is sure to become an instant classic.
“Cocaine Romance” is available on Spotify from July 12 2019. You can look forward to more music from the inner sanctum of Marson’s disturbed mind in the coming months.