If you want to know the secret to happiness, look no further than transcendental psychedelic pop outfit Glass Vaults. The New Zealand via Berlin band led by Richard Larsen, Rowan Pierce and Carpark Record's signee Bevan Smith, create a unique concoction of joyously uplifting pleasure in their sonic laboratory and The New Happy is the result – an exploration of the euphoric sensations associated with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
Glass Vaults' sophomore LP was recorded and mixed to seduce. ASMR, otherwise known as a "brain orgasm," is an aurally triggered euphoric experience characterized by a tingling in the scalp which travels down the neck and spine and The New Happy was specifically mixed to elicit an ASMR effect. "We focused on retaining short high frequency transients and worked on modulating and panning certain sounds to induce goose bumps and shivers when listened through headphones," Smith explains of the record's atmospheric ambiance. "It looks not to emulate a sexual high, but a deeper, euphoric wave, that washes over the body in feelings of comfort and security... a new kind of happy."
Whether it's capturing the feelings brought about by recollections of the pair's pre-teen days chatting with friends on MSN and downloading music from Napster ("Savant") sitting on Manhattan rooftops ("Brooklyn") or watching the sun rise after a long cold winter ("The New Happy"), each song is a shot of serotonin to the synapses. Not stopping at physical pleasure, The New Happy's absorbing soundscapes delve deeper into the unconscious by exploring nostalgia and dreams; "Rewind" was inspired by a dream of hitting rewind on life whilst "Mind Reader" refers to the way dreams linger, well into waking hours.