Cult artist Jad Fair and Iowa City DIY artist and kindred spirit Samuel Locke Ward have collaborated on a new album, Happy Hearts. “In April of 2021 I contacted Jad about starting a pen pal band with me,' says Sam of how the album came to be. "He was in the midst of a project where he was recording 150 albums that year. He told me that he was currently too busy to record with me but to write him back in a couple months and ask again. I did just that and Jad agreed to record with me. He said he had time to do one song a week. And so it was that I began recording one song a week every week with Jad Fair which is a schedule we have kept up to this day.“

Happy Hearts is packed with poppy, fuzzy, joyous indie rock featuring Jad Fair's distinctive vocals and lyrics. It's a lot of fun. "Happy Hearts is a very positive album," says Jad. "It’s good to stay positive."

The album is officially out February 10 via Kill Rock Stars but you can check it out now via a video version featuring animations of every song. That premieres in this post -- watch and listen below.

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