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‘Sadder, Happier’ EP Review: Circa Waves follow up on ‘Sad, Happy’ with an experimental and ‘angry’ affair

Craig Smith



The English indie rock band Circa Waves launched a brand new emotive EP of 5 songs referred to as ‘Sadder, Happier’ this week. The EP is a follow-up to their earlier introspective double-sided album entitled ‘Unhappy, Blissful’, which was launched earlier this 12 months in two installments. The band first launched the ‘Blissful’ facet in January, and then later launched the ‘Unhappy’ complement in March 2020. This full-length effort earned them optimistic opinions from followers and critics, who immediately related with their model of melodic, bittersweet, emotional music that explored the bewitching, tech-saturated, insecure age we reside in. It grew to become their highest charting launch so far, debuting at #four within the UK Official Album Charts. 

The band Circa Waves (WikiCommons)

The gifted Liverpudlian band comprising vocalist/guitarist Kieran Shudall, guitarist Joe Falconer, bassist Sam Rourke, and drummer Colin Jones have opted for a extra experimental method on this new EP entitled ‘Sadder, Happier’. Because the title suggests, it builds on the themes they explored on ‘Unhappy, Blissful’, and consists of 5 numerous unreleased tracks, together with an acoustic model of the lead single ‘Unhappy Blissful’ from their earlier album. 

This new model of ‘Unhappy Blissful’ retains the wistful craving of the unique music, whereas reimagining it as a extra intimate, stripped-down piece that appears like vocalist Kieran Shudall is baring his coronary heart and soul to you. Though it sounds much less bouncy and poppier than the primary iteration, that really helps this music’s trigger, since you get to focus on the heartfelt lyrics extra this time round. 


The swirling and booming ‘Gun In My Hand’, options some raucous fuzzed-out guitars and dreamy synth work. “That is the one place I really feel at residence / I am surrounded however I am on their lonesome / Caught within the center with a gun in my hand,” declares Shudall with a feverish depth.

‘The Solely One Who Lets Me In’ options some glowing acoustic guitar strummed over the soul-searching lyrics – “The place am I going / What have I completed? / I’ve performed the sport so many occasions / However I’ve by no means received.” The music then veers into groovy, poppy territory, because the romantic synths introduce a extra tender, sentimental vibe and Shudall admits “I am falling into the sample of simply residing / The place have you ever been? / You are the one one who lets me in.” 

Art work for the ‘Sadder, Happier’ EP (courtesy of artiste)

‘Sugar Facet’ is a candy, upbeat indie rock quantity that includes digital drums and guitars that steadily construct and swell because the music unfolds. “I do not know the place I belong tonight / Meet me on the sugar facet,” says Shudall, earlier than the music explodes right into a shimmering crescendo of majestic proportions.

The closing monitor, ‘Anti Social Anxiousness’ is a laidback, slow-bouncing, bass-heavy bop that explores the detachment and disillusionment most individuals really feel in our trendy age. “I have been working on myself you see / Considerably unsuccessfully / I have been listening to the information an excessive amount of / Partial ignorance would do some good / From what I perceive, we’re misunderstood / Oh, my love” pronounces Shudall with blasé elan amid some beautiful melodic textures.

“It’s fairly an indignant EP,” their frontman Kieran Shudall revealed. “Evidently I used to be fairly pissed off whereas writing these songs. Lyrically it’s a bit extra disenfranchised and talks about my points with society, and it’s extra self-deprecation of me being like ‘I’m aggravated at myself, I want I used to be higher’. But it surely’s cathartic, it’s all good for the soul.” We’re definitely happy with their various types and big selection of motion on this EP, and look ahead to extra tunes from the dynamic Circa Waves sooner or later. You’ll be able to take heed to ‘Sadder, Happier’ from Circa Waves by clicking right here. 

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