Out of Venice, California, indie/experimental pop artist Dia recently created a wistful, psychedelic cover of “Happy Together”, originally done by The Turtles. Dia did this in hopes to allow people to take a glimpse of the internal struggles of anxiety and depression that people go through.
In this video, Dia partnered up with rock & roll photographer Koury Angelo(Rolling Stone, People, Billboard) and Corinne Foxx(Miss Golden Globe, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren) to create this cover of “Happy Together” by The Turtles. In a quick backstory on Corinne Foxx, she is a spokesperson for NAMI.org and wanted to explore the national suicide rate for those that live with anxiety and depression. The video was released via People Magazine.
The backdrop of the video showcases beautiful Topanga Canyon, and the interesting part of the video is that the scenes where it shows broken mirrors, dream-state overlays, shifting moods all in a broken, abandoned home. Dia takes this happy song, and have such a melancholy feeling, mixed with that desperation in the video. The video looks dreamy, yet it has that overwhelming feeling of loneliness and depression in the video. The aforementioned shots make it a thought-provoking video.
Groups like Weezer who basically did a karaoke cover of “Africa” by Toto, please take note. THIS IS HOW YOU DO A COVER SONG. As an artist, you put your own twist on the cover while paying homage to the band/recording artist. Dia certainly paid homage to The Turtles, while not only putting her own twist on the song, but making the song completely her own. This is a brilliant cover. If you listen to the original by The Turtles, it has that puppy, innocent teenage love feel to it, Dia offers a completely different interpretation to the original by making the song feel lonely and almost desperate. Plus, this makes me want to hear more music from Dia. Madness To Creation rates Dia’s cover of “Happy Together” by The Turtles a 9 out of 10 stars!
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