HAPPY NATION II.
Was originally released on Almost Musique 2013 on a cassette tape. Since the cassette tape is sold out ( so far ) we have decided to release a band camp only digital release with loads of demos and alternative artwork.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Younolovebunny - Happy Nation II EP7.5
Younolovebunny has a particularly nice ‘wipe the nose on the sleeve’ quality. There’s sweet warmth to it. Nostalgia rings through it of early 90s lo-fi acts. With little in the way of fidelity coupled alongside a good sense of humor (there’s a weird sample of a singer as the vocal gets distorted down to nothing) it manages to create its own vaguely narcoleptic world. Songs on here are instantly memorable. ‘Happy Nation II’ uses the brevity to its advantage. Pop music is delivered through so many filters, so much lo-fi, and it sounds human as a result.
‘Ozonomio’ begins with a hazy surfer-like quality. At times the fuzz appears to be inconsistent in keeping up its energy. The singer sounds asleep in that ‘I just spent the past 5 hours on the beach drinking’ kind of way. It is infinitely catchy. This will get stuck in anybody’s head. From there he takes a more natural approach with ‘Whip It’. Here he appears to tone some of the effects and electricity. If this was recorded in somebody’s living room it wouldn’t be surprising. Even the backup singer appears to be having a great deal of fun. ‘Attention’ is by far the most memorable out of the bunch with the greatest deal of energy. To show he is serious about being goofy he still inserts a sample, randomly following into the very surreal ‘What I See’.
Happy Nation II has a lot of fun. It’s a strange trip. At times it feels like it belongs in another decade. This is a good thing.
Posted by Beach Sloth at 11:48 PM
YOUNOLOVEBUNNY: HAPPY NATION II
Posted on January 9th, 2013 (1:08 pm) by Ben Welton
Younolovebunny - What I See
Lately, the trend in indie music seems to be the solo multi-instrumentalist who both records and producers their own releases. While this is nothing too terribly novel, the usual vehicle for such activity--the computer--is. Usually, recordings made this way attempt to achieve a slick and/or glossy sound that makes road-worn miles with the 808 and other digital instruments. Rarely do you find such musicians aiming lower (as in lo-fi), unless you're digging around in the depths of art rock and black metal, and even then not much is guaranteed. For those of use who enjoy a good romp through bad production quality, Younolovebunny's Happy Nation II is pleasing to the eardrums.
Younolovebunny is the alias of Claus Frøhlich, a certifiable weirdo from Denmark, a country known for its cheese and its frequent accusations of containing something rotten. Well Happy Nation II has not reached its expiration date yet, and in many ways its left field sound reeks of post-modern freshness. From top to bottom,Happy Nation II is a sonic assortment of dislocating sounds and ideas. The first track, "Ozonomio," washes over you with a languid air of Sonic Youth-like ambiance and guitar work. Lacking the combined dynamism of Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, the guitar work on "Ozonomio" is still off-putting and odd sounding due to its simple chords played with immense fuzz and reverb. The vocal work on "Ozonomio" accompanies such guitar work well, and its droning presence lets the listener know immediately that they are not dealing with their grandparents' garage rock. "Ozonomio" also scores some bonus points with me because its title sounds like something Scott Stapp might say in one of those uproarious "Creed Shreds" videos.
The second track on Happy Nation II is the jangly "Whip It." "Whip It" has the same simplicity of certain early songs by The White Stripes, plus its innocent delivery contains the same weariness-with-innocence that Daniel Johnston does well on his numerous releases. The connection with Johnston is quite obvious with Happy Nation II, and "Whip It" sticks out in particular as nearly derivative. "Whip It" also contains an interesting mediation on feelings and their ability to make all of us slaves to them, or something thereabouts. Such talk is similar to Johnston's sometimes coy references to his own mental illness. Whatever the case, "Whip It" is in keeping with the unstable nature of Happy Nation II.
"Attention," the third track, opens with a punk-y bass line that then gives way to a high-pitched guitar assault that is layered over simple drums. "Attention" invites the listener to possibly adapt some freestyle, which could be a nod to the fact that the musicianship on the track sounds like exactly that--freestyle. Such free play, or the attempt to make the music sound as untrained and free as possible, is the essential salt of Happy Nation II. The juvenile attack of "Attention" sounds just as simple, bare, and chaotic as "What I See," a slightly more cerebral track that truly opens where "Attention" ends--on a sample of German language opera. "What I See" sounds like a more mopey take on early Pink Floyd, and this parallel is further strengthened when "What I See" begins its descent into the void, or at least the tight hole of sound that the engineer (who I can only imagine is Claus Frøhlich himself) forces the music into.
The ultimate pay-off of Happy Nation II is its closer: "My Love." "My Love" is a bipolar track that combines a sharp, guitar-driven first section with a more subdued, 1950s-ish second portion. In the former, a free form web of jazz tumbles its way through manic lyrics that merely proclaim love as a motivating force. After a non sequitur portion that features a unattached drum fill and a brief narration, "My Love" ends with a dreamy and forlorn moment that features a slide guitar and the album's most traditional-style vocal work. This portion of the song is truly mesmerizing, and by far and a way it's the album's apex.
Overall, Happy Nation II is an odd bird that might remind you of something else, but it is distinctly its own animal. Happy Nation II oscillates between soft and hard, off-putting and enticing. This record's schizophrenia is what makes it sound united rather than bifurcated or disjointed. Basically, if you can get past track one, then you will find something worthwhile in Happy Nation II.
Happy Nation II
2 Whip it #
4 What I See
5 My Love
6 Acting classes filmed
7 Mr. Dolphin
9 Hey Yo
10 Power Safari
12 Running Shoes
13 Tomorrow Annie ##
Originally released on cassette on Almost Musique www.almost-musique.com
released July 1, 2014
# Words + Music by Frederik Teige and The Adults
## Also appear in Annie (the musical)
music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin
Written/Recorded/Played by Claus Frøhlich
Maria Belly Antonaitte is a fictional character
released 1 juli 2014
© All music recorded, written, played, artwork
Younolovebunny, Claus Frøhlich, Suncarrot 2014
Tak til: Kenneth, Marie, Ida, My family, Almost Musique ( Benjamin Cashera and
Benjamin Fain- Robert.), Infinite Waves, Sockpuppets, Drunken Butterfly, Roadside Poppies, Pams, Glow Cats, Pedestrians Pets, You, Daniel Johnston, The Breeders, Scout Niblett, Tex Fuller, Eugene Kelly, Arlt, Josephine Foster, Ween, Nirvana.
Phillip, Søren, Rune, Røskva, Magnea, Dan, Thorstein, Ann, Morgan, Hvasseline, Gitte, Frederik Teige, Arne Marius, Benjamin, Louise, Mads, Christian Olesen, Jakob, Lenny Davies, Jesper S L, Jesper J, Carsten, Claus, Dennis R, Dennis L, Kenni, + alle.
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HAPPY PEOPLE HAPPY SMILES AND HAPPY FACES
IN A NAGGIN WAY IT DOESNT FEELCOMFORTABLE OZONOMIO FEEL HIGH ABOVE THE SKY WE STRIVE
TO BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE
THE LEAVES CONQUER THE STONES PLEASE DONT LEAVE ME HERE ALONE I AM NOT SCARED
OF YOU I AM A
DINOSAUR I AM NOT HUMAN YES YOU ARE YOU CANT BUY GOOD ATTENTION WE ARE SLAVES TO FEELINGS WE ARE SLAVES SING SONG YOU I SAILED THE SEA FISHING IN THE SUN I SMILE AND MY EYES ARE CLEAR
ALL ALONE IN A DREAM