Woodkid Pharrell

A sad version of “Happy” is something that should collapse the space-time continuum or something, but Woodkid — Polish-born, French-raised director, designer and chamber-pop musician Yoann Lemoine — has given Pharrell’s #1 smash a string-laden treatment that’s more likely to tug at your heart than move your feet. The man who directed the videos for wistful pop anthems such as Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” and Drake/Rihanna’s “Take Care” has cast Pharrell’s unmistakable vocal against an entirely different instrumental track, with a piano-led orchestra swelling through a wrenching new chord progression. The resulting emotional contrast is powerfully bittersweet, and while it might not pack the dance floor like the original “Happy,” this is the version I could see myself listening to on repeat. Check it out below.

In other Woodkid news, he collaborated with artist JR and modern dancer Lil Buck on a Pièce d’Occasion for the New York City Ballet to be performed in late April and early May. Get more details here.

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Comments (23)
  1. I like this version better. :)

  2. This is fantastic.

  3. Holy cow that was great :)

  4. speechless….awesome!

  5. Waow…I’m so fan of Woodkid and this remix is amazing. But it’s not available on Soundcloud yet, is it?

  6. wow makes me happier than the original haha

  7. marvellous :-)

  8. So I tried to do the same (but with my voice and different lyrics, to keep with the sad theme) with the means I had, but yeah, his version is far more superior ! Great cover
    https://soundcloud.com/adriurso/sad-pharell-willams-happy

  9. That was amazingly well done!

    This version is funky and soulful and well worth a look. (the woman singing it is lovely too)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVnAgzfgKvQ

  10. Well, let me stand here for those who like the original better and find this one cringing.

  11. almost like French singer Richard Cocciante youtu.be/xQHiJKBVrPg :)

  12. almost like French singer Richard Cocciante :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQHiJKBVrPg&feature=youtu.be

  13. This is amazing. I find the original to be so cloying, but it’s amazing how suddenly the exact same awful lyrics twist and become heartbreaking in this context. Awesome.

  14. More like Sappy

  15. I like it but the original single version is a lot better. The music in this sad version contradicts the message in the song.

  16. In-FREAKIN-credible!!! FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!!!

  17. Exactly Rtchard Mcie,must be ment as irony. Why turn somethingso full of joy into somthing sad. I wanna stay happy, so Pharel, i’m gonna stick with you oriinal version :-D :-D:-D CUSEIM HAPPY :-D :-D :-D

  18. This is gonna be used in films!

  19. I have to stick with Pharrell’s. This made me super sad…smh.

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