12 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having earned “best new band” honors from Pitchfork, NME, and Paste magazine, Norway’s Highasakite made immediate headway with their debut EP, 2013’s In and Out of Weeks, as well as with a series of live performances that made a believer out of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Though the band have five capable members, it’s lead vocalist Ingrid Helene Havik who transforms the material from competent to otherworldly. It’s the singer more than the song in many cases. However, the chemistry of singer, band, and song work together on dramatic tracks such as “Lover, Where Do You Live?,” “Since Last Wednesday” (also featuring Havik’s steel drum), and “Hiroshima,” for starters. The quintet are further driven by drummer Trond Bersu, the multiple synths of Oystein Skar and Marte Eberso, and the atmospheric guitar of Kristoffer Lo. “My Only Crime” and “I, the Hand Grenade” are subtle, lyrical pieces, while “Iran” incorporates traditional Norwegian and Bulgarian instrumental and vocal techniques.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having earned “best new band” honors from Pitchfork, NME, and Paste magazine, Norway’s Highasakite made immediate headway with their debut EP, 2013’s In and Out of Weeks, as well as with a series of live performances that made a believer out of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Though the band have five capable members, it’s lead vocalist Ingrid Helene Havik who transforms the material from competent to otherworldly. It’s the singer more than the song in many cases. However, the chemistry of singer, band, and song work together on dramatic tracks such as “Lover, Where Do You Live?,” “Since Last Wednesday” (also featuring Havik’s steel drum), and “Hiroshima,” for starters. The quintet are further driven by drummer Trond Bersu, the multiple synths of Oystein Skar and Marte Eberso, and the atmospheric guitar of Kristoffer Lo. “My Only Crime” and “I, the Hand Grenade” are subtle, lyrical pieces, while “Iran” incorporates traditional Norwegian and Bulgarian instrumental and vocal techniques.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings
28 Ratings
CrackedEye

This group is Solid!

I saw them tonight playing with London Grammar and I was blown away by there sound. The singer has such a strong clear voice. The guitar player reminded me of Tom Green. Beautiful music.

mcmoxie

Beautiful sound

I love the lush and rich sound of this album. Nice job.

FatPatisback

Seamless Melodies from above

I’ve been asleep apparently for the past 6 yrs, nevertheless feel so blessed to have finally discovered a true band that delivers strong doses of hope... and I mean that literally :)

About Highasakite

Norwegian indie rock band Highasakite formed when vocalist Ingrid Håvik met drummer Trond Bersu while studying jazz at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. Starting as a duo, they soon recruited producer Thomas Dahl to help out on bass and guitar, while also adding Øystein Skar to play synthesizer. Once bonded together, they spent six months working on their debut album. All That Floats Will Rain was released in early 2012 by Riot Factory Records in Norway, and the tightly wound, dramatic style of indie rock on display found favor with critics.

After the album's release the band began to play live shows, adding Marte Eberson on synthesizer and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, percussion, flugabone, and tuba to fill out the sound. The band played many prestigious festivals during 2012, including Øya in Norway and Iceland Airwaves. While working on a follow-up album, the band turned to the U.S. market in early 2013 with the release of the In and Out of Weeks EP (which consisted of the first five songs from All That Floats Will Rain) on Propeller Records.

Subsequently, they entered the studio with Norwegian producer Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim (Ida Jenshus, Katzenjammer) and recorded their debut full-length, Silent Treatment, which arrived in 2014. The album was a major success in Norway, reaching number one on the pop charts and earning Highasakite a Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy Award) for Pop Group of the Year. In 2016, they returned with the more politically minded follow-up, Camp Echo, which featured the singles "Someone Who'll Get It" and "Golden Ticket." That same year, Highasakite performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The single "Out of Order" appeared in 2018. ~ Tim Sendra

ORIGIN
Oslo, Norway
FORMED
2011

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