We heard Marshmello was up to something with legendary electronic label Astralwerks, and today, the sunny, smiling yellow balloons come to life as the artwork of a bright, summery breakup song with U.K. band Bastille.
“Happier” sounds like an upbeat good time at face value, but dig into the lyrics, and you’ll hear the sordid tale of a love that’s over before one party wants to accept it. Sometimes we have to sacrifice ourselves for the ones we love, and Bastille singer Dan Smith belts out his passions as he walks into the sunset. Meanwhile, Marshmello and the band keep things moving toward the horizon with a musical foundation that promises you won’t feel sad for long.
“We wrote ‘Happier’ last year and thought it would be great as a collaboration,” Smith is quoted in a press release. “We had a lot of fun working on it with Marshmello, who managed to find joy in the melancholy. It’s always good to step into somebody else’s world for a minute.”
It’s a return to pop force for the candy-coated producer. His recent album Joytime II gave day-one fans the rainbow rave music they crave, but this one sounds a little more like his radio-forward hits. It might be his brightest bit of pop-rock yet. It’s out now on Astralwerks, representing for his Joytime Collective.
Sing along with the lyric video for “Happier” with Bastille below.