The original version of ‘Strange’ (listen here) is a funk-filled pop song about embracing change and pursuing happiness, co-written with Maverick Sabre and produced by Lostboy. It is taken from the critically acclaimed new album Dear Happy out now via AWAL and her own label Never Fade Records.
Regarding the single Gabrielle says, “‘Strange’ is about letting go of your usual. Your routine, facing fears or taking risks to better your happiness. For me making changes outside of my usual to make myself happier feels like growing pains, and this is all about turning that pain into excitement.”
The album Dear Happy was released in January to swathes of critical praise, and the record was featured as Radio 2’s ‘Album Of The Week’, while the singles have also been getting great Radio 1 support. Dear Happy has clocked up over 114 million streams.
ACCLAIM FOR DEAR HAPPY
“A life-affirming antidote to gloomy January”
Sunday Times Culture
“Her third album convincingly moots her as Wiltshire’s answer to Taylor Swift, with plenty of taut, relationship pop that has bags of charm.”
Mail On Sunday
“Full of upbeat, jubilant songs, it is expertly engineered for pop virality.”
“Gabrielle Aplin has shown she’s no mere pop fluke”
“Proof that being her own boss suits Gabrielle to a T”
“Silken melody spun out classily”
“A record which ranges from bubblegum pop and electro-funk to powerful, piano-driven showstoppers and back again.”
The Arts Desk
“On Dear Happy, the English singer-songwritergoes pop but doesn’t fail to create an album as breathtaking as her previous projects.”