The Happy Freuds Explain Everything on New Single “Why”

By Deuce

You can really zone to “Why”, the first single from the forthcoming and untitled LP from the Happy Freuds. Doesn’t matter what your choice of music ordinarily is.

Rock and roll types can freak out to the electric guitar solos punctuating the piece after an extremely dramatic breakdown past midway of this five minute opus. Ditto for the metal heads. Hippies, soft rock lovers, etc. can geek out to the acoustic guitars, in which hip hoppers may stumble upon a sample or too. There’s even something for poets, who can study the verses of Teo Holmstrom that were penned by acclaimed Spanish author and poet Fernando Garcin.

The thing is, all of these disparate elements collectively make for a spacey, cerebral trip through Garcin’s musings which, at times, range all over the place. The voyage starts slow and quiet, with a sweetness to Holmstrom’s melodies that’s instantly arresting. The phrasing of that acoustic stringed instrument crawls back and forth across your vertebrae, while it’s easy to get lost in the ponderous, deliberate reverberation of Victor Holmstrom’s drums that stagger, hesitantly, with each drawn out beat.

The interplay among the band on this piece is notable as well. At times Teo pauses for breath, allowing the other instrumentalists to swarm the track with their strumming and drumming. Other moments he raises his voice and Garcin’s words in defiance, as the other players instinctively match his energy and, perhaps, try to outdo it.

In such a manner they just about bring the piece to a halt relatively close to the end, as the vocalist all but whispers to the distant tingling of the remnants of the music. It’s a word to the wise, the denouement, and the climax of a well timed piece that explodes into the screams of an electric guitar, counterpointing the drama of the previous minutes of buildup.

With a name like the Happy Freuds, such opposition, or paradoxes, must come stock in trade for the band. Sigmund Freud may have been conflicted, confused, moody, perhaps, but was very rarely known for exhibitions (or even writings) of pronounced jubilee. The Happy Freuds manage all of those sentiments in “Why” before evidencing the one for which their group is named, which should go over with listeners just fine.  

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