After 2001's debut album 'Melody A.M.' sold a million copies, and the acclaimed sequel 'The Understanding' paved the way to further success, the duo of Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland, announce the release of their new album this spring. Preceding the album comes first single 'Happy Up Here.' Say a welcome back to Röyksopp!
The second or so of laughing sets the single out for you. The title of the track is spot on. It's happy music with joyful vocals. I'm not totally won over by some of the vocal work towards the end of the track, it's a bit whispery and the change of pace doesn't totally fit with the awesome electro backing but overall it's a great return for the Norwegians.
Full of energy, the short track is over before you know it and could honestly benefit from an extra minute or so. It's very relaxing, in an upbeat bubbly way which definitely gets me excited about the forthcoming album. Röyksopp's third outing 'Junior' is due out 23rd March and this initial single sets a good standard.