Marshmello & Bastille – ‘Happier’
Not all bops are instantaneous. Some grow on you, often with a little help from extensive radio airplay. One particularly sneaky hit is ‘Happier’, a bizarre concoction from American DJ Marshmello and British indie pop legends Bastille. Like putting blueberry and ginger in a pie – yes, a thing – it’s a combination that definitely shouldn’t work but kinda does.
Marshmello moulds mellow guitar and blaring EDM into a charming melody, while the ever smooth crooning of Dan Smith injects some refreshing emotion into the mix. Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, its music video is a Marley & Me rip-off with iCarly in the lead role.
Have I fallen down a rabbit hole and through the looking glass? Quite possibly. As usual, I blame the Radio 1 playlist team.