“dark and pummelling pop” — The FADER
“the sky, the stars, the moon – they are Highasakite’s for the taking” — The Line Of Best Fit
Norwegian purveyors of luscious intimate pop Highasakite release the second half of a two-part album ‘The Bare Romantic’ Part II today, via Propeller Recordings.
The new body of work follows up on last year’s single ‘Can I Be Forgiven’ – taken from the first part of ‘The Bare Romantic’. Released only a few months after their third full-length album, the dark and brooding ‘Uranium Heart’. Previous releases include the record-breaking album ‘Silent Treatment’, which spent over two years on the Norwegian Top 40 chart, whilst their #1 charting successor ‘Camp Echo’ saw them cementing their status as one the most important names in Norwegian music.
Unlocking the creative process behind the new body of work the band says; “while the writing and recording of ‘Uranium Heart’ were affected by external pressure and expectations, ‘The Bare Romantic’ came from our unwillingness to succumb to outside influences”.Delving deeper into her own experience, Ingrid explains; “I felt the need to rediscover the joy of making new music again. We created a more relaxing studio environment, a safe space in which we had complete creative freedom, played all the instruments ourselves, cuddled with my baby Bjørn and walked on the beach during breaks”.
The new mini-album sees the involvement of former Jaga Jazzist and Puma’s guitarist Stian Westerhus, traditional and fiddle composer Sarah-Jane Summers, as well as their regular live band members’ Øystein Moen and Kristoffer Bonsaksen, with the latter also sharing production duties with Highasakite’s member Trond Bersu.
Having proved themselves to be a tour de force on the live circuit, Highasakite have become a renowned international live act – topping the bills of legendary festivals including headlining Norway’s five biggest festivals; Glastonbury, Latitude, Roskilde, and Field Day in Australia, alongside sell-out tours spanning the UK, US and Australia.
Highasakite have retained their top spot on numerous Nordic charts, with Ingrid Helene Håvik’s alternative approach to pop writing earning multiple Norwegian Grammy Awards and widespread acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, The Guardian and Vogue. The same year, the band performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, were handpicked by Conan O’Brien to perform on his eponymous talk show and made their USA television debut on Conan in 2017 to perform their single ‘5 Million Miles’.
Highasakite will play an intimate show at The Garage in London on 16th April 2020 – for tickets please visit – https://myticket.co.uk/artists/highasakite