Trust me: “Make You Happy” really is a song from Mika’s new album.
Seriously! THAT Mika!
I understand your confusion. “Make You Happy” is a low-key electro song whose distorted vocals and “love in outer space” vibe are closer to Owl City’s “Fireflies” or Royksopp’s “Happy Up Here” than beloved Mika anthems like “Grace Kelly” and “We Are Golden.” Those songs, with their glittery references to 70s rock, don’t make any damn sense next to this one:
So… does Mika have a new voice? Is he changing his musical style?
At this point, it’s hard to say. Press materials stress that “Make You Happy” is just a teaser of Mika’s upcoming album The Origin of Love, not an official single. That could mean it doesn’t represent the style of the entire project, and that the promotional film full of pretty white people making smoochy eyes at each other is just one color on the canvas he’s painting.
On the other hand, this could be the New Mika. We’ll find out soon enough.
Either way, I’m interested. For what it is, “Make You Happy” is a lovely little tune. It’s not as arresting as my favorite Mika tracks (which include “We Are Golden,” “My Interpretaton,” and “Happy Ending,” in case you were curious), but it’s certainly not a cynical copy of, like, David Guetta’s latest single.
Besides, Mika’s second album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, has always sounded forced to me—as though Mika got trapped trying to recapture the easy spirit of his debut. Maybe a new sound will liberate him.
Here’s my only request: The title track had better be a cover of “The Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, because that song rules and Mika could really kick its ass.
Other than that, he’s free to do what he likes, and I’ll be happy to listen.
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. Just to reiterate, he really loves the song “The Origin of Love.”