Following an amazing Covers EP, The Wind + The Wave has released the single off their upcoming album Happiness is Not a Place. The sophomore album is highly anticipated to fans of the band, including myself and the duo is definitely feeling the pressure.
Happiness Is Not A Place has the distinction of containing the first positive songs Lynn has ever written, including the title track and the rollicking first single “Grand Canyon.” “’Grand Canyon’ is about my brother,” she says. “I almost lost him to a major car accident a few years ago. To me the song is about the ability to appreciate what’s in front of you and not take the things that matter most for granted. Yes, life has a lot of shit, but can you try to find a way to be happy before it’s all over, seemingly in the blink of an eye.” The album’s title encompasses how Lynn felt over the two years of writing the album. “It’s the idea that you never arrive at happiness, put your feet up, relax, and just bask in your destination,” she says. “That doesn’t happen. In my brain, happiness is a journey, not a destination. You’re constantly making an effort to be a better person and that’s what makes you happy or content with your life.” She adds: “I have a tendency to write sad things, so writing these songs that felt hopeful is a really big thing for me.” source
In March, The Wind + The Wave made the switch from RCA to Island Records, where Patty and Dwight have been working with Butch Walker on the album, giving a “rawer and rougher” vibe to the album. Walker stated “[I] wanted the performances to have a ‘just learned the song’ vibe to them. I hate the way a lot of records these days, especially on the radio, sound so overthought.’ My favorite records growing up were all made in a week and had fire because the artists had a lot to prove. I wanted this record to sound like The Wind and The Wave had something to prove as well. I also knew that with Patty’s lyrics, we would be able to make something special. She writes incredible words and you can’t fuck that up if you keep it out front of the music.”
The album does not have an official release date yet. But you can catch them on tour with either Butch Walker OR Bishop Briggs and Kaleo, dates here!
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