Similar Kind – “Too Happy”


Vibrant guitars and playful, reflective keys assemble a quick start to “Too Happy,” a stellar new track from Connecticut-based band Similar Kind. The shimmering instruments evoke a sophisti-pop feel with their quick fluidity and melodic punch, especially upon the vocal-driven escalation rounding 01:30. Contrasting the bustling feel are intimate lyrics conveying a sense of relatable frustration, upon recognizing a lack of progress or overall stagnancy — a realization that can bring about feelings of suffocation. The heartfelt lyrics and bustling, melodic complements make for an exciting sound. Buzzing guitar-fronted exhilaration at 03:16 helps cap “Too Happy” in consuming from, helping to entice replays.

The band goes into detail regarding the track’s themes and influences below:

“‘Too Happy’ is about struggling for a long time with any personal issue, and being so beaten down from trying hard to change how you feel while still not making any progress. It’s about being stuck in a cycle with which you are so exhausted of the painful routine, and you’re left frustrated because nothing seems to get better. Especially in confusing times like these, we all need to check in on each other, because we never know what someone is going through. We Inspired by artists like The Cure, The Smiths and Hayley Williams music that makes you dance and lyrics that make you think.”

“Too Happy” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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