Coming back to Frequency Recordings to release her latest single “Happy For You,” Lily Williams is definitely starting out the year on a strong note. Hailing from London, the singer and songwriter recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, and is now based in LA, working tirelessly on a a lot of originals influenced by the likes of Nina Nesbitt, JP Saxe, Bruno Major and Norah Jones.
“Happy For You” follows Lily Williams’ previous single “Lego Bricks” with Euan Allison, that has amassed more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify since its release last year, landing on a number of editorial playlists on the platform. Coming alongside a wonderfully shot and edited music video, “Happy For You” is definitely a stunner, filled with smooth chords and intricate percussion under Lily Williams’ lyrics about how getting over a breakup is complicated for someone when they’re young and naive.
“The whole concept of this song came from the first line ‘I heard you met a nice girl on the internet, and you stopped smoking cigarettes.’ The ‘nice girl’ refers to your ex moving on with someone new and ‘quitting cigarettes’ is a metaphor for breaking bad habits. We wrote this song about the selfish feeling of trying and failing to be happy for someone that is better off without you. Even if you know the best thing is for the relationship to end, it still hurts to see someone you loved doing great with a whole new person and a whole new life that doesn’t include you in it,” explains Lily Williams.