The progressive, harmonising ballad Falling Down opens the record and the surf-rock, ghostly vocals remain for the remaining nine other tracks. Victor Lazarro’s Heart is a rattly, mellowed out cymbal tapping, piano-led tune full of high pitched, charming vocals you can’t help but swaying along to.
Their previously typical slacker rock approach has been stripped back to piano-based, more melodic number across the record. Not a bad thing, far from it, but something that is significantly un-Happyness. Bigger Glass Full Heart does go back to their fuzzy, grainy core for a brief punchy two minutes, but otherwise, Write In is a polished, classy record that could beautifully soundtrack a cinematically bold masterpiece.
Tunnel Vision On Your Part especially is a near-seven-minute somewhere-between-lo-fi-and-shoegaze arrangement closing the record. It is a new chapter for Happyness, but one that will see them grow from. Their distant, chilling vocals and surf-rock core are still there, but so is something more.
WRITE IN IS OUT FRIDAY 7 APRIL