Sometimes it's easy to feel alien in an environment that should feel so normal.
is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has made his living playing around with the sonic possibilities of folk, rock, pop, country, and dance music. Basically, nothing is off limits. His new single "Happiness" is a fine demonstration of this. At it's core, it's not hard to imagine Marsh gentling thumbing this song on an acoustic guitar on a tour bus somewhere. But the song gets jacked up on some epic production, as big beats collide with some pretty funky guitar work, beautiful pads of piano, and soulful backup vocals.
Explaining the song, Marsh recently told us:
"The song "Happiness" is really a song about my personal battles with depression. I had read books for months on the subject and was searching very hard to "find myself". Somewhere along the search I finally came to realizae that the search itself was the issue. I wasn't going to find it, buy it, get it from another person or even the books I was reading. Although easier said than done, I had to finally accept things for the way they were. When I finally made the leap and truly accepted my circumstances, that's when things started to change. I realized I had what I needed all along. It came from within".
And so for the video, which we're premiering here, Marsh represents this journey with a lonely, forlorn astronaut exploring fairly everyday surroundings. Sometimes it's easy to feel alien in an environment that should feel so normal. Through sweet encounters with children, a dog, and a happy couple on a rooftop, our Major Tom is brought back to Earth, metaphorically speaking, finding new ground in his surroundings and lyrics like, "Happiness/It starts inside of me". The video ends with a shot of Marsh, our crestfallen cosmonaut, having removed his helmet, staring into the camera...and what's that, a smile? A little happiness?