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CIRCA WAVES Announce New Album ‘Sad Happy’

The band has announced that their forthcoming new album, Sad Happy, will be comprised of two distinctive sides and released early next year.

Circa Waves 2019

UK indie rockers have spilled the details on their anticipated forthcoming album – Sad Happy has finally been confirmed, and we’re given our first taste of it with new single Jacqueline. Sad Happy will be formed of two diametrically distinctive facets, with the Happy side slated for release on January 10th 2020 and the Sad side following on March 13th 2020. The complete album will be available physically on March 13th 2020.

Disclosing the themes behind the album, frontman Kieran Shundall comments:

We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment, you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom, and the next, you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our brains rattle back and forth through emotions at such a rate that happiness and sadness no longer feel mutually exclusive. This idea was the blueprint for Sad Happy and is the theme that underpins the album. Sad Happy is written in my Liverpool home. It’s also hugely inspired by my surroundings and the love I have for the city. It runs through thoughts on mortality, love and observations of people.

The band has given a first taste of the album with their newest single Jacqueline, a glistening, life-affirming pop gem that will evoke images of Caribbean breeze with its Soweto-flavoured grooves. Bright and irresistible, the charming charisma of the track stretches far beyond its sonic constraints and takes on a bigger-than-life character through its rolling percussion and infectious melodies. It marks yet another anthem from the band, that will surely go down as a riot on their upcoming live shows, which are at the following dates.


27 – O2 Academy, Glasgow

28 – Keele University SU, Keele

30 – The Tramshed, Cardiff

31 – O2 Academy, Leicester


02 – The Waterfront, Norwich

03 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

04 – Liverpool Uni,Mountford Hall, Liverpool

Circa Waves Sad Happy 2020

1. Jacqueline
2. Be Your Drug
3. Move to San Francisco
4. Wasted On You
5. The Things We Knew Last Night
6. Call Your Name
7. Love You More

8. Sad Happy
9. Wake Up Call
10. Sympathy
11. Battered & Bruised
12. Hope There’s a Heaven
13. Train to Lime Street
14. Birthday Cake