Photo: Hayley Eichenbaum
Is there a more glorious feeling than uttering those few simple words, "Told you so," especially when it comes in the form of seeing an artist you were rooting for since the beginning? A year ago to this date, we hailed Elley Duhé as "the future of pop." Cut to now and Duhé is proving those very words true, featuring on "Happy Now," a summer pop stunner produced by worldwide superstar DJ Zedd.
The bubbly electric tune, which was premiered during Zedd's sold-out show at Los Angeles State Historic Park, sees Duhé effortlessly floating atop Zedd's blissful bouts of production. The song serves as the follow-up to Zedd's monster hit "The Middle," which currently sits at over 400-million plays on Spotify. "Happy Now" is poised for similar success. The song itself feels like a living, breathing creation due to its immaculate production. As Zedd shared on the making of the track,
"'Happy Now' is the most organic sounding song I've made in a long time. The majority of what you hear was recorded using real instrumentation, a lot of pianos and a lot of guitars."
The decision to use organic instrumentation creates a sonic experience that feels animated and energetic despite its somber lyrics. Then there are Duhé's effervescent vocals, which could not be a better fit for this summery affair. Encapsulating both the lightheartedness of the production and the underlying sentiment of the track, Duhé's talent for invoking a wide empathic range is more than deserving of praise. The singer shared what creating the song meant to her,
"To me, 'Happy Now' is more than just a song. It's a significant moment in my life, the golden opportunity to work with one of the greatest DJ's/producer of our time. Being able to come together with complete strangers to do something beautiful, sing something meaningful, to share something special is what 'Happy Now' is all about. Thank you to everyone involved in making this song and for letting me be part of your world.“
We cannot say thank you enough to Zedd and Duhé for gracing us with a summer sensation that we will undoubtedly have on repeat for the months to come.
Watch the lyric video for "Happy Now" below: