Today, Pharrell’s G I R L was released in Japan, packaged with this exclusive bonus track. For an album styled after the R&B/funk of yesteryear, “Smile” boasts sweetly contemporary production: hi-hats and strobe-light synths rattle around a plunky piano line, before a Wonder-reminiscent breakdown that would fit right in on P’s debut, In My Mind. Unlike the sugar-dipped, self explanatory “Happy,” “Smile” reads like a mantra, describing happiness as part mask, part fuel: Y’all know life is full of pressure, but don’t you break, just know a smile is a curve that sets everything straight. If Pharrell could bottle and sell his relentless positivity, we’d be first in line.
Stream: Pharrell, “Smile”