Ear to the Sound: Happy Heartbreak
There's something very satisfying about a band whose name really fits with their music. It's a sign that the artists have a cohesive vision of their identity and a firm grip on who they are. As a name, "Happy Heartbreak" fits the music of Craig Suede et al perfectly. The new EP, Flight Risk, hits a lot of very bittersweet emotional notes---with instantly likeable songs crafted artfully around lyrics that cut very deeply. The result is a rich emotional experience of catharsis delivered in songs that immediately resonate and are even more satisfying after several listens. It's great music whether you're happy or heartbroken, or anywhere in between. The songs are anthemic, but also intimate. The vocal delivery is smooth and skillful, but also passionate. The musicality is technically impressive, but the songs feel very human. The lyrics are melancholy, but the EP is an uplifting sonic experience. Do this as a test: Walk down the street while listening to this EP, and see if it doesn't compel you to smile at a stranger, or feel a little lighter, or take in the world around you with a little more warmth. In summary, Happy Heartbreak reaches a new level of brilliance with a fantastic EP full of songs that could fit into any playlist. Put this music in the soundtrack of your life.