Gold Spectacles and Dreams Lost in “How to Make a Million”
“How to Make a Million” is the newest single from the UK-based duo Gold Spectacles. Written, recorded and self produced in their South London studio, the song blends analog synths, interweaving guitar lines, a whimsical mellotron and an earnest lead vocal to tell the pair’s most honest and cutting story yet.
The creation of the track has been stated as such:
“On the first sunny day of spring in 2017, my dad woke up early, got on his motorbike and headed for the coast. He didn’t come home. Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a parent. The hollowness, the emptiness, the unfinished conversations, the unexpected guilt. In my situation, it was very sudden – the news of the accident didn’t seem real. I still have a hard time believing he is really gone. I keep expecting him to turn up. Time is the only thing that can separate you from the emotion but when you stop and think about it, it’s still as raw as ever.”
“How to Make a Million” is a complete rollercoaster of emotions packed into a beautifully various composition of sounds. In a buttery tone and from-the-heart lyrics, Gold Spectacles ponder if the dust truly ever settles after a extremely difficult loss, specifically realizing that there is no known way to escape the heavy grief that a tragic incident follows. The chorus mainly relays the guilt felt, how there will be no more conversations, and how the person lost will have their dreams cut short. “How to Make a Million” is a gut-wrenching tribute to a special person, a father, and how his loss is one that another person could never fill.