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The Wind and The Wave Unveil 'Happiness Is Not a Place' Album Details, Share Title Track: Exclusive First Listen

Alexandra Valentini
The Wind and The Wave

Austin duo The Wind and The Wave bring the elements to the title track of their sophomore album, Happiness Is Not a Place, which Billboard exclusively premieres below. 

The rustic, alt-country tune tells the stark story of a long journey for joy. “It’s the idea that you never arrive at happiness, put your feet up, relax, and just bask in your destination,” says Patty Lynn, the Texas outfit’s singer-songwriter and music-making partner/producer Dwight Baker. “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.” 

Happiness Is Not a Place is the followup to 2014’s critically acclaimed LP From The Wreckage. It's “rawer and rougher” than its predecessor, explains Baker, and it “sounds reckless with a rock and roll spirit and attitude."

“And don’t you know happiness is not a place/ It’s a road you take and who you chose to walk it with," Lynn sings on the mid-tempo travelogue tune with a positive message about keepin' on. "And the grass ain’t always greener on the other side/ It’s okay/ But I wish it was easy like it sounds/ just believe and one day and your walls start coming down/ Trust me things are gonna be alright."

Check out the artwork below.

Led off by the June release “Grand Canyon,” Happiness Is Not a Place was produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Panic! At The Disco) and will drop on Oct. 28, Billboard can reveal. Its The Wind and The Wave's first release through Island Records after a shift from RCA Records in March. 

Walker is currently on tour with the outfit, with upcoming headline dates slated for New York’s Irving Plaza next Monday (Aug. 29) and Rough Trade in Brooklyn the following day (Aug. 30). Iceland’s Kaleo will join the pair on the road next month. All tour dates can be found at www.thewindandthewave.com.

Listen to "Happiness Is Not a Place" below.