I’m not one to doll out songwriting advice (as it is a matter of subjective opinion) but it seems the trick to believable optimism is to embrace a dash of melancholy. “Golden” delivers just the right amount of minor chords during the verse before opening up into a joyful, celebratory chorus. If you’re one to listen to lyrics, there’s a clever bit of linear storytelling going on that relates to heartbreak, wrapped in pleasantly subtle death references (“Did you want me to vaporize? Fade into a ghost?”). Not exactly painless options but the darker the verse gets, the brighter that elated choral refrain becomes.
Based on Stereo Specter’s social media activity, it seems 2020 has been a bit of a dormant year. Understandably so given.. everything. That said, a brand new single for the year with this much wide-eyed optimism is the kind of fresh feeling we could all stand to have a blast of.