It’s the third visit to the blog in 2020 for Sweden’s SHY Martin. On the back of Slow and Nobody Likes Moving On, she’s back with the melancholic masterpiece that is Are you happy?

As you’d expect for someone who has written for Bebe Rexha, Jess Glynne, and Ellie Goulding over the years, SHY Martin knows her way around a pop tune. A perfect example of a happy-sad pop song, Are you happy? looks at bittersweet memories and emotions, as it reflects on the end of love. Unsurprisingly, the song is centred on Martin’s highly emotive vocal style, but the introspective nature of the lyrics is beautifully reflected in a bubbly, hook-filled yet intimate guitar-led arrangement.

She says about the song, “I wrote Are you happy? right before the summer together with two other Swedish songwriters – Kristin Carpenter and Rasmus Bundy. The song is about looking back at an old relationship appreciating that it happened even though it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. The ending of one relationship is often the start of a new one.

We originally wrote Are you happy? as a pitch song for another artist so I didn’t even sing on the demo. But after living with it for a bit I grew to love it and realized how well it would fit with the other songs on my EP. It also felt like the second part of Make us never happen which is the first song on the EP, so it felt like the perfect way to end the EP.”

SHY Martin’s Are You Happy?  Features on Sad Songs, which you can listen to on all major listening platforms – follow this link to find out more. Check out SHY Martin on Facebook and Instagram where you can keep up with news about the artist and the Sad Songs EP.