Break-up music is often the most powerful. From Fleetwood Mac’s ‘rumours’ to Kanye West’s ‘808’s & Heartbreak’, the best artists channel their emotional torment into music with universal appeal. Which brings us neatly onto the Tears of Happiness extraordinary dance pop project.
“The catalyst for the band was my relationship falling apart,” explains singer songwriter Meeda. “i tried to keep things together but it wasn’t meant to be. So I rang LCamz and asked if I could come and pour my heart out in his vocal booth. Everything has spiralled from there.”
In that time the studio based duo - made up of lyricist Meeda and charismatic studio boffin LCamz - have set up their own label Shush Records. It has sparked feverish excitement among industry insiders about their imminent releases. The reason? A sound which combines the existential clout of Depeche Mode with the euphoric uplift of Calvin Harris.
“We want to make dance-pop music,” explains Meeda. “We call it electronic dance pop. Lyrically, the songs are about what we and our circle of friends are going through. They deal with real issues. We are both very positive people, but sometimes you get to the stage where you’re not sure where life is taking you.”
Toh’s music hits both the head and the feet, but it tugs remorselessly on the heartstrings. Tears of Happiness: songs which will have you punching the air while crying your eyes out. As an antidote to life on planet trump, their arrival couldn’t be better timed.
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