added: 5 Jan 2014
// release date: 6 Jan 2014 // label: Weird Smiling
reviewer: Paul Chapinal
Sometimes patience is required when listening to music Ė some would say always Ė as the worth and rewards only come to the fore later on after repeated listens.
Having listened to the opening track on Happynessís debut EP, Itís On You, several times it still has too much of the indie foppishness about it to be of any distinction. Luckily they have other ideas to share with us. Orange Luz slows the pace; the languid drumming to the fore and there are snatches that bring to mind mid-period Beatles and early Pink Floyd psychedelia. Thatís followed by the drowsy Lascascadas; itís virtually instrumental with a seemingly simple floating riff with minimal drum and vocals, think Fleetwood Macís Albatross and youíre in the ball park.
The EP closes with what could almost be Lascascasdas companion piece, Montreal Rock Band Somewhere. A gentle almost ambient piece, that drifts upon an undulating bass line, the low key vocals and harmonies adding depth. It sounds as if it could go on forever, and thereíd be few complaints.
Thereís an unmistakable transatlantic feel to this EP that harps back to period of time that the band canít personally have experienced. I donít know if theyíve been raiding their parents or grand-parents record collections but that doesnít matter. Thereís freshness about them and enough ideas to suggest that Happyness will have something to offer for a while yet.
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