GRAMMY-nominated trio Mansionair have finally unveiled their expansive, intricately crafted full-length Happiness, Guaranteed. via Glassnote Records.
Produced by Jon Gilmore (The 1975), the project is the result of a creative process with no expectations at the outset, writing for the sake of writing and letting the music naturally guide them forward. Thus arrives a complex offering, both sonically through their notably evolved indie-electronic sound, and lyrically as they examine everything from blind consumerism to the painful end of relationships. In the coming months, Mansionair will build upon the buzz of Happiness, Guaranteed. as they embark on a summer North American tour bookended by performances in New York on May 31 and Phoenix on June 25.
In an EARMILK exclusive, the Mansionair trio give a personal take on each of the 9 A-Side tracks gracing their latest album.
Mirror Me might be one of the first songs that Mansionair ever wrote. We’ve been playing it live since about 2014. It didn’t make the first album because it felt too sonically foreign to the rest of our first album Shadowboxer. However, once we realised ‘Happiness, Guaranteed.’ lived more in a ‘live-band’ space we knew it could perfectly sit amongst the new songs. It was a good reminder that no idea is ever dead on the cutting room floor, sometimes just the context isn’t right.
We wrote Shallow Water at a point when our friendships within the band were not in a great spot. We were fighting a lot about really petty things and this song was the result of working through them. It felt very vulnerable to be so explicitly honest about our relationships as friends but In doing so, we’ve come out the other side stronger and closer as a band than ever. But hey, if Fleetwood Mac can do it, why can’t we?