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Surfer Girl – HAPPYNESS: Write in (Moshi Moshi Records, 2017)

Write In

Establecidos en una suerte de medios tiempos absorbentes, Happyness se han marcado un segundo trabajo preñado de momentos gozosos, a base de extraer lo mejor del Indie a lo Teenage Fanclub más maduro, rasgo éste a destacar de este disco; de los sonidos más beatlemanos o de los más expansivos de The Olivia Tremor Control/Neutral Milk Hotel. Lo cierto es que este Write In es un gran disco, que se deja oír a la perfección durante sus diez cortes perfectamente estructurados y casi sin altibajos.

“For their second album, Write In, English trio Happyness reach back into the sweet-dreamy sound they established on 2015’s Weird Little Birthday, but emerge with a touch more serious, consistently reflective tone. They also veer a little from the slacker rock influence of their debut, seeming to carve out a space of their own near a convergence of ’90s jangle, psychedelic-period Beatles, and Real Estate. They land closer to the latter on tunes like the scene-setting opener “Falling Down” and the ambling “Victor Lazarro’s Heart.” Elsewhere, after an R.E.M.-evoking intro, “Anna, Lisa Calls” carries a tune and harmonies that could be straight out of the British Invasion, if with a contemporary, hazier sound design. The song’s bum-bah-bah backing vocals and double-tracked lead, along with echoing harmonics and feedback, contribute to a simultaneously retro and indie-era impression, a balance they manage to maintain on most songs while still sounding fresh. Even the lush rocker “Anytime,” with its undeniably post-shoegaze sound, plays like the memory of an old movie, or perhaps more so a haunting by the distorted specter of an early power pop group. They take a decidedly psychedelic approach on songs like “Through Windows” and the impenetrable “The C Is A B A G” (“and the sky has a film”), but a knack for sunny tunes and an off-kilter delivery keep everything sounding like themselves. That and the ability to produce songs that feel at once familiar and new are tricks that should make Write In the envy of many an up-and-coming indie rock band” (All Music)

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18 julio, 2017 Posted by | Happyness | Deja un comentario

Happyness: Weird little birthday (Weird Smiling, 2014) / Anything I do is allright (Ep, 2014)

Weird Little Birthday, Happyness

Si he de ser completamente sincero, os diré que lo primero que me atrajo la atención sobre este disco de Happyness fue su simpática portada, ya que en ella identifiqué a ese rubio niño con mi sobrino medio británico. Bromas aparte, Weird little birthday es un disco que tiene muchos planteamientos más que semejantes con los de Posse. Los del sur de Londres han elaborado un disco muy claramente identificable con los sonidos de Pavement, Sparklehouse, Wilco o la faceta menos oscura de la Velvet Underground. Un trabajo que se mueve más que a gusto por el LoFi de las huestes de Malkmus pero que no le hace ascos al sonido de las College Radios o a las cavilaciones del difunto Lou Reed. Y lo cierto es que les ha quedado un disco más que resultón, con momentos como Naked patient; Great minds think alike, all brains taste the same; Anything I do is allright que son auténticas delicias LoFi. Muy disfrutable.

“London trio Happyness might have adapted their sonic template from American college/indie rock bands like Pavement, Rilo Kiley and Sparklehorse, but the wit and lyrical context of their music is all British. Songs on this impressive debut album are lovely but droll; equally capable of making you feel fuzzy and anxious. “There’s something funny about a sick body and the things that it does that it shouldn’t do,” begins ‘Naked Patients’ and ‘Orange Luz’ has an equally diverting opening: “You are so ugly when you’re smiling.” They’re dry and clever, taking inspiration from the weird and disturbing left turns in the writing of Cormac McCarthy to create songs that somehow express a deep sense of youthful ennui. “My TV dinner is almost done,” sings frontman Benji Compston blankly in ‘Pumpkin Noir’, which sounds more ‘Loaded’-era Velvet Underground than slacker, “Going to a club in an unfriendly part of town.” Ultra-lo-fi, but an album nonetheless stuffed full of rich melodies and arch lyrical observations” (NME)

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4 noviembre, 2014 Posted by | Happyness | Deja un comentario


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