Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ makes us sad
Here’s how the (once) euphoric anthem is giving us the blues
It might seem crazy what we’re about to say: Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is really bumming us out.
The peppy original has turned melancholic in the hands of two artists Woodkid and Luke Sital-Singh, and a team of French video directors Mélodie Grumberg and Seb Houis.
French singer-songwriter and video director Yoann Lemoine (aka Woodkid) has basically just returned the favour after Pharrell remixed his track ‘I Love You’ last year. He’s stripped Pharrell’s original vocals and set them against an orchestral piano. Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh has given us ‘(Un)Happy’ in his “signature miserable manner”. Then there’s a video by directors Grumberg and Houis, which features glum faces walking down the streets of Belleville, Paris.
Way to go internet, thanks for taking the sunshine away.
Click on the video above to listen to the covers.