SONG PICK: Trails and Ways – Happiness
Happiness comes in a lot of different forms and sizes and it is on us to recognize it as what it is, when it hits. When used well, hand claps in music make me instantly happy and so does a crisp and bright guitar melody. Throw in pronounced bass lines, providing melody as much as rhythm, and powerful, dynamic drums paired with charming male and female vocals and everything seems blissfully all right. That and so much more is what I get out of “Happiness”, the brand new single by Californian dream-pop band Trails and Ways. But what caused this gem of a song? Let’s hear it from Keith Brower Brown (guitar, synths) of Trails and Ways:
“This song is my answer to an argument with an old friend. She says, if you have to try to be happy, then it’s fake happiness. But I think that attitude can leave you stuck in pride for your hip, authentic depression. I think seeking real happiness means you have to be honest when you’re not, and that’s the scarier path. Happiness: you won’t find it easier for long. I was thinking about all that when Ian sent me a groovy new drumbeat, and in one hot afternoon I tracked these California-punky dreampop guitars and vocals on it. Madeline Kenney sings back & forth with me throughout.”
Listen to the irresistibly gorgeous “Happiness”, our Song Pick of the Day:
The single is taken from the upcoming album “Own It” with a release date October 7, 2016.