Kygo (nee Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll) was a dance music sensation by the age of 23. So it may be hard to imagine how the Norwegian DJ-producer would just be getting around to writing a song called “Happy Now” – two months after his 27th birthday.
But the new single is indeed an exuberant anthem of self-discovery. With its exhilarating house groove, lush atmospherics and Swedish pop singer Sandro Cavazza’s spirited vocal performance, it’s a very Scandinavian affair. And the lyrics (“It’ll be hard but I know I’ll make it out”) about letting go of something not right to find a better way forward are certainly universally relatable.
It comes on the heels of the release earlier this year of “Remind Me To Forget,” which featured Miguel on vocals, and racked up 228 million Spotify streams. There are just three dates left on his extensive Kids in Love Tour (named for his 2017 album, and featuring a sold-out headlining appearance at Barclays Center), in Jakarta, Bali and Singapore.