Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

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.

If you’d like to hear more, there’s a MySpace page.  You can read much better reviews (and download tracks) at the following lovely places:

i (heart) music

monkey X

T-Sides

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2 responses to “Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project

  1. Just wish I could see them live! If only they would tour in Europe…

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