NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY: HAPPYNESS
Get happy about Happyness
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: "Happyness’ debut self-titled EP evokes many influences, taking in the often whimsical power-pop of Nada Surf, the subtlety of Grandaddy and the witty lyricism of The Flaming Lips across the opening two tracks. However, they are at their absolute best when boiled down to the unrefined basic core elements of guitar, vox, bass and drum. The mesmeric ‘Lascascadas’ is the highlight of the EP, the ringing guitar notes just hanging over a bass line which barely shifts from its one repeated note. There’s a tranquillity, a soothing peacefulness to ‘Lascacadas’ which caries on throughout the equally dreamy ‘Montreal Rock Band Somewhere’, which bizarrely references Win Butler’s hair, and closes the EP. ‘What do you do when you hate all your friends?’ they ask; reach for this EP would most likely be the answer."
Happyness are a three-piece from South London consisting of Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper. Having self-produced their debut EP in Jelly Boy Studios, their loft, the band will be announcing their self-titled EP set for release early January 2014. In the lead up to this lo-fi 4-track offering, mixed by Ed Harcourt and mastered by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Happyness have gathered friends and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Influences are diverse and broad but bands such as Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco have clearly inspired. Dreamy, hook laden, with a song writing prowess far beyond their tender years. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/18952865" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="false" /]