Derek Simpson Dives Deep With "Open Water" - (5/30/19)

You’re free to ego, free to pride
Free to believe that there’s a you and an I
You’re free to hear a word inside
Free to believe that you’ve already arrived

Long Beach-based alt-pop artist Derek Simpson presents with his most bubbly track to date. “Open Water” uses a beautifully muted palette of pulsating synth, smooth guitar strumming, and infectious percussion - all coalescing around Derek Simpson’s rhythmic gift of gab.

From Derek: "Open Water was inspired by how overwhelming the prospect of taking responsibility for your own happiness is. That freedom is a lovely thing to understand but before it becomes fully realized, the idea of owning up to your action and inaction is terrifying."

“Open Water” is out 5/30/19 on Trailing Twelve.

Written and Recorded by Derek Simpson, Trailing Twelve (BMI)
Performed By Derek Simpson, Trailing Twelve (BMI) 

Artwork By Joshua Tarantino

© & ℗ 2019 Trailing Twelve Records. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Copying, Reproduction, Hiring, Lending, Public Performance, And Broadcasting Strictly Prohibited.

Released 30 May 2019
Length: 03:13

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Derek Simpson is an American recording artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. After gaining success with multiple free album releases on Soundcloud (under the pseudonym Planetarian) from 2013 to 2016, Derek moved from Boston to Long Beach to continue recording his own music and surround himself with other up-and-coming artists in need of songwriting help and production. Layering spacey guitar chords and electric piano lines with dense and introspective wordplay, Derek's music often explores the value of holding a positive perspective in the face of confusion or adversity. His respect for focus and hard work shows in his recordings, all of which are fully written, produced, composed, and mixed by himself.

Derek has produced music for Kevin Abstract, Dom McLennon, Rockie Fresh and more. His music has also been featured in Comedy Central's Workaholics.