“An ache inside your soul, fearing the unknown, don’t hide yourself away from being happier,” begins the lyrics of Paper Crows new song Happier. Now let’s face facts happiness in pop music has always been pretty unhip. When he was reminding us that heaven knows he was miserable now Morrissey was effectively also reminding us just how damn savvy he was. Sarcasm built with a steadfast dislike of the world and yourself is the ultimate in cool when you’re young. Of course as you get older, you just become a grumpy old git that nobody wants to associate with. Cool is transient; much better to be happier in the long run.
So we’ll take that line from Paper Crows and embrace it, rather like the whole of this song. It has a chorus that brims with robust vastness, a rap from Major Look and a weird backwards vocal moment towards the end to keep you on your toes. The track comes from the bands Build EP which also features their excellent cover version of Smashing Pumpkins Disarm, which we posted back in January. Equally impressive is the interactive video concept for the EP which features all four songs in one art-piece - you can see it on this link here.
Paper Crows - Happier