Earlier this month, the Brooklyn duo – Eighty Ninety – released a brand new single. The musical project made up of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper (guitar, production) James, came back with their second single of the year with their latest track, Happier. Remaining true to the duo’s signature breezy indie-pop sound, Happier is driven by Harper’s gentle melodious guitar which works as the perfect foundation for, and compliment to, Abner’s ethereal vocals and harmonies.
First emerging back in 2016, the band released their debut single, Three Thirty, which made it’s way to number two on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts. Following the success of their debut track, the duo swiftly followed this up with the release of their debut EP, Elizabeth, later that year. Since then, the band have released a stream of incredible singles and have been going from strength to strength.
With a talent for intimate storytelling, distinctive melodies, and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds; the duo have fashioned their own unique vibe and sound in a style they call “808s and telecasters” — a shorthand for both their music and their anything-goes mentality in the studio.
“We let the emotional arc of the song, rather than any set of genre conventions, lead us to instruments and sounds,”
Eighty Ninety on their process
With an addictive, up-tempo, guitar-based instrumental intro; Happier presents a multitude of feelings and emotions as the track deals with themes of love, loss, loneliness and hope. Recorded with producer Gian Stone during COVID-19 pandemic, and created entirely remotely from their homes on zoom; Happier is the perfect follow on from their previous single, and first release of the year – Know Me.
“Happier is about wanting to hold on for just a little bit longer”