Though Jungle have had their sound compared to the funk of the 1970s, there is an energy to their single, “Happy Man”, that is undoubtedly of the present. The falsetto vocals, the slick beat that fuels the smooth riffs: it certainly evokes funk, but also Tame Impala and MGMT in its energy. This is a track, and a group, who embrace the aliveness of music.
The video moves along these lines, showing the band chilling out, enraptured by whatever is on the television. As the song progresses, however, the members start to move. Whether it be dancing (the grace and pop of the dancing in this video is almost hypnotic) or fixing a car, or even creating the song itself, we watch as the group of friends start to find their life in the sounds and the rhythm of the song.
“Happy Man” is as chill as it is danceable — and very much so on both counts. This clip works as a comeback for Jungle, who are currently on tour until the end of June. To find out if they are playing a show near you, check out their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.