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Indie-pop artist HAPPIE announces debut EP ‘Heartbreak Season,’ out 10/14
Watch the video for its first single “All I Needed” via The Big Takeover
“HAPPIE is a revelation…a stunning debut, and a captivating first-taste of what is sure to be her breakthrough…” – The Big Takeover
Stream “All I Needed” on all platforms HERE
Today, with the release of her stunning music video for “All I Needed,” indie-pop artist HAPPIE offers fans the first taste of her debut solo EP, ‘Heartbreak Season,’ out October 14th. Mixing warmly organic instrumentation with sleek electro-ambience, storyteller narratives, sultry grooves, and seductive sentimentality, ‘Heartbreak Season’ conjures a vintage soul vibe, with stylistic signposts pointing to Maggie Rogers, Adele, John Legend, Olivia Rodrigo, Sault, and Lana Del Rey. The EP’s first single “All I Needed” is a sultry and honest track that exudes a sensual longing, featuring a mix by David Block of The Human Experience, whom HAPPIE met while performing in Antarctica. The video for “All I Needed” was premiered today via The Big Takeover, who wrote “HAPPIE is a revelation,” and called the video “a stunning debut, and a captivating first-taste of what is sure to be her breakthrough.”
HAPPIE’s fans have long said that her voice helps them access their emotions. For that calling, she’s traveled the globe delivering soulful catharsis in song as a full-time musician. Today, HAPPIE’s musical mission is a personal one. ‘Heartbreak Season’ is an emotive 5-song collection that marks a radical reinvention, born from the end of romantic and professional relationships and an artistic rebirth. HAPPIE will be celebrating this new era in her artistic continuum at the revered Austin City Limits Music Festival this October.
“These are the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever released, and I definitely shed tears writing them,” HAPPIE reveals. “’Heartbreak Season’ is about what we have to go through to find real love. It doesn’t have to represent sadness, but rather bravery, empowerment, growth, truth, excitement, and knowing that anything is possible – that the love I’m seeking is seeking me.”
Conceptually, ‘Heartbreak Season’ is a snapshot of dating, relationships, and the quest for deep romantic connections. The EP was written with HAPPIE’S dear friend, the pop-rock artist iRO Music, aka Ori Rakib—a talented songwriter who has worked with Macklemore, Shane McAnally, and won NBC’s Songland songwriting television competition. It also features the soul/electronic/folk production and multi-instrumentalist skills of Gene Evaro Jr.
Previously, HAPPIE toured the world as one half of indie folk duo Eric & Happie, with Eric Hunker. The duo specialized in modern indie-folk versions of traditional Jewish music and new originals, and took their vibrant musicality around the world, including powerful performances in Poland, Russia, and Moldova, at festivals like SXSW and the Sundance Film Festival Israel, and for the UN.
‘Heartbreak Season’ is a departure from these sacred roots. She says: “My Jewish music was vulnerable, and letting people know they are not alone. In some ways this new music is no different—it’s about being open—but I am writing about my heart, so these songs are personal in a different way.” Eric & Happie were romantically involved and that relationship and band ended years ago—though a deep friendship between the artists remains. “It was a beautiful band and a beautiful relationship—it taught me what love can be,” HAPPIE shares.
Up next, HAPPIE will be performing around the Tri-state area and beyond, including her upcoming booking at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Reflecting on ‘Heartbreak Season,’ she says: “It’s felt really exciting and meaningful showing people who know me and my sound this new music. I have been feeling a lot of pride with this EP.
Stay tuned for continued updates.
‘Heartbreak Season’ by HAPPIE
1. Heartbreak Season
2. So Clean
3. All I Needed