Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same by Happyness (Single)

8 May, 2014 in Music Reviews

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London trio Happyness offer fans a dose of summer on single ‘Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same’

Happyness2arlier this year, London-based trio Happyness saw their self-titled debut EP mark them out as one of the more interesting acts to take indie-rock as their medium for pop expression. Mixing the sobriety of Sparklehorse and Eels with the altogether sunnier climes of Pavement, Happyness glowed like an expectant indie-rock mum to be.

“Opening with a trademark clutter of languid Malkmus riffery”

With debut album Weird Little Birthday set to arrive this June, single Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same arrives as a fitting hors d’eoeuvre before the main course. Opening with a trademark clutter of languid Malkmus riffery, the record sees them trading in a mood that fits the season, with just a hint of glee, for the upcoming summer warmth, strolling in from the horizon.

Indeed, as if to make a point of this, Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same comes across like a wonderful union between Weezer’s lazy pop classic Island In The Sun and the Pavement staple Range Life, with the sharp-chorded bridge betraying Happyness’s appreciation for the genius of simplicity.

As far as teasers go, Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same is the sort that poses the question, can they match the high watermarks set on their earlier releases, when they venture into the long player format. Given the quality and oozing potential displayed so far, the suspicion is that they will strike the fears of underperformance against the wall on Weird Little Birthday, and toss a match onto the fire of expectation.

Verdict: Summery indie-rock that teases

Damien Girling