More great music from Sweden alert! Stockholm-based Elias shows off his powerful, purposeful vocals on “Makin Me Happy,” his voice hitting hard from the very start in a way that’s reminiscent of P&P favorite Woodkid.
His background in the Tensta Gospel Choir, which has boasted a string Swedish breakout artists like Seinabo Sey, Lykke Li, and Mapei, explains that voice, but the production on this new song is excellent too. Starting slow, Elias tricks us into thinking this may be a slow ballad, but then the chorus hits, the drums and horns come in, and he takes us to church.
“I wrote this song in the most depressing part of North Hollywood,” Elias explains. “The gloom of the place, and surrounding, brought me back to a certain place and situation where I did not want to be. I was sick of being a heartbroken disaster.”
“Makin Me Happy” and previously released “Down N Out” are the first singles from Elias’ debut album, out in the fall of 2016.
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