Happyness have emerged with their charm intact. More polished and sonically expansive than their previous efforts, ‘Floatr’ couldn’t conjure up that lush, hazy lost summer feeling of drinking beers in a park more vivdly without a policeman arresting you for breaching lockdown rules.
It shimmers with wonky ’90s-indebted pop smarts, a daisy-chain of balmy nostalgia with blissed-out guitars, hushed vocals and kaleidoscopic lyrics. ‘Vegetable’, written amid the shrapnel of the group’s break-up, is a pop song that manages to include lyrical references to Chumbawamba’s ‘Tubthumping’, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus Jujubee and Scientology. It’s a veritable Family Fortunes board of ‘Things You Wouldn’t Expect To See In A Song Together’. The title track, meanwhile, deals evocatively with the struggle to come to terms with yourself.