Based in Javea, Spain, alternative rock quartet Happy Freuds has gained widespread attention for its authenticity and rock-n-roll spirit — including the attention of renowned producer Duncan Morrison, who previously worked with acts such as Peter Gabriel and Joe Strummer. Over the course of three days, Morrison joined Happy Freuds in Spain and personally remixed a multitude of their songs from the original recordings.
Happy Freuds – Echo Of Sounds
Taken from their 2019 full-length album Echo of Sounds, the song “Allman’s Big Feet” features an edgy blues-rock guitar riff and conversational lyrics. The vocalist shows off his upper range when sliding into the falsetto during, “Let it slide,” giving off bad boy rock-n-roll vibes with lyrics looking for trouble and a good time. A scratchy guitar solo is appropriately placed after the catchy chorus melody that sounds similar to a War tune, with the vocals really belting out during the chorus at the end.
“Chauncey” has a more agitated, rock heavy groove, with the aforementioned vocal shouts, slides, and speaking like David Byrne. It’s an exhilarating arrangement, with lyrics that are slightly unclear but fantastically open to interpretation. A soaring guitar solo shows off the unifying chemistry between all the players, as they stay in sync with one another through all the twists and turns of each song section, maintaining a danceable energy the entire time.
“To Blue” is the last song and offers a slower, strummy guitar pattern to cap off the collection. The music features piano and is somber but beautiful, with dynamic vocal harmonies like a late 90’s alternative soft rock ballad. Happy Freuds has a way of turning familiar song structures and melodies into a new age sound by adding quick little anticipations, whopping harmonies, and a thunderous rock spirit to the stage. Remixes Vol 1 and Remixes Vol 2 both demonstrate the spectrum of variables used in the band’s overall sound, stretching from acoustic folk to full-fledged rock band drum explosions.
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