Welcome To Happiness

by Alex Highton

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"Welcome To Happiness" the third album by Alex Highton out February 2018.

To buy the album ON VINYL go to www.bbisland.de

“…a real original….Highton’s most striking, fully realised work to date…. a wonky, curious, and ultimately pretty catchy synth pop that comes at you from unexpected angles.” – Clash Music

"One of the best records you'll hear all year - fact" - BBC Introducing

"Opaque, mysterious, great string arrangements with harmonic surprises galore and a restless driving bass line.." - Tom Robinson BBC6Music

"There are many other glowing reviews on Alex’s website and justifiably so....think of acts like Talking Heads and Hot Chip. Funky electro beats, slick grooves....Highton’s a class act with fine artistic pedigree." - Fresh On The Net

“If you miss a bit of breadth and depth in the late Future Islands, you might like Alex Highton . The Briton has on the one hand a clear, charismatic address in his speech, on the other hand, many quirks and imponderables in his style. Coupled with his undeniable talent, “Welcome To Happiness” (BB * Island) becomes a pleasure that can only come from advanced indie pop.” – Intro Magazine

"an eclectic range of styles and ideas blended seamlessly with a keen ear for a pop tune defined by easy, buoyant melodies – should give him plenty to smile about. The clever and quirky but crisp songwiting of Talking Heads makes for an obvious but necessary touchstone, as do the meticulously-arranged pop stylings of ELO." - Whisperin & Hollerin

“….a nice wedge of off-kilter electro-pop ditties…Welcome To Happiness weds Highton’s touching tales to instrumentals reminiscent of Hot Chip, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and the more sober end of Beck’s discography.” – Norman Records

credits

released November 19, 2017

Produced by: Jonathan Czerwik
Mixed by: David Bear Dobson
Mastered by: - Simon Francis

Strings Arranged by: Claire Hollocks
Horns Arranged by: Andrew McNew

All songs written by Alex Highton

Art Direction & Design: Christopher P Hilton
Collage & illustration: Stephen Alan Yorke

The Band

Alex Highton - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Synths, Electric Piano

Jonathan Czerwik - Drums, Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Synths, Piano, Electric Piano

David Dobson - Bass, Synths, Backing Vocals

Barry Thirlway Jnr - Bass

Robert Rotifer - Guitar

Boudewijn Bonnebakker - Guitar

Chopper - Backing Vocal

Lee Marchi - Backing Vocals

Ellie Jamison - Backing Vocals

Claire Hollocks - Cello & Laughter

Penny Snelling - Viola

Sally Merson - Violin

Andrew McNew - Trombone

Brian Ebert - Clarinet

Mathew Wilcolak - Trumpet

Matt Planet - Trumpet

Ben Johnson - Tuba

Staff Adams - Synth

Molly Highton - Synth

Rosie Highton - Synth

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Alex Highton Cambridge

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"World Class" - OOR Magazine

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"4/5" Songwriting Magazine

"9/10" Neon Filler

"4/5" Jazzism

"4/5" Lust For Life

"8/10" Heaven Magazine

Singer-Songwriter. Lives in a village looking after his kids and making music.

Amazed to be on this journey.
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Track Name: Benny Is A Heartbreaker
Benny is a heartbreaker
Always breaks own heart
Every minute always haunted
By every girl he ever wanted
Late night sparks up
Eyes wake feels crushed
Standing in the rain waiting
If they could pay him less they would

If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me
If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me

Jeanne doesn't talk much
Cos Jeanne hasn't much to say
Scratches in a little cut
At least she gets to feel something
Lights up another fag
Shakes as she takes a drag
You could say there's nothing of her
Sometimes she doesn't think to eat

If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me
and she thought 
If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me
If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me

Fall on a reflection catch her eyes
Then tell himself that he's a fool
Cos each and every time he fell flat
That other people felt the same way too
He'd never really thought about that

Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of 

If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me
and she thought 
If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me
If I could only reach for you
If you could only reach for me


Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of 

Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of dying
Practised in the art of

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