I’ve been listening to Charles Spearin constantly for the past couple of days – ever since I randomly chanced upon a couple of his tracks on Hype. You simply cannot listen to these songs without being overwhelmed by an insuperable smile. The Happiness Project is a remarkably simple concept: take a few snippets of everyday speech, and use their natural melody as the basis of a song. In Mrs Morris, the subject explains her idea of happiness in a bluesy tonality that reveals world-weathered wisdom. Marisa gives a beautiful little monologue about being “good people” and looking after each other, before giving up in embarrassment: though she feels she has failed, her cry of “send me home” unleashes a wonderfully energetic rhythm which runs off on another tangent. In my opinion, the overall effect succeeds in provoking thought without being insufferably pretentious.