Gemma Hayes - Happy Sad

Benjamin Short 14/11/2005

Rating: 4/5

Gemma Hayes is a criminally underrated Oirish singer-songwriter, recently relocated to the good ol' US of A, and on this, her latest single, she takes us on a meandering journey around her adopted homeland. “The roads don't love you / they still don't pretend to” she intones, transporting us to the heartland of a vast, emotive composition. 'Happy Sad' features the technical wizardry of Nigel Godrich (Radiohead / Beck / Travis / etc.), and a plethora of supporting musicians who create a deep, gratifying sound far superior to Gemma's usual fragile folk.