Five-piece Norwegian indie pop band. New album 'Silent Treatment' out now worldwide: http://smarturl.it/SilentTreatmentHAAK.
Highasakite make pop music, but an adventurous brand of indie pop full of contrasts. Once you hear Highasakite, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them; theirs is an endless sound oscillating between density and spaciousness. Their new album 'Silent Treatment' is filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, as lead singer and songwriter Ingrid Helene Håvik’s idiosyncratic vocals harmonises perfectly with the album's eccentricity and accessibility.
The band now all reside in Oslo, however, the origins of the group can be found at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory, where Håvik met drummer Trond Bersu and the two began to write, record and perform together. However, the pair felt that they needed an extra something to give their performances the sound they desired. As a result, Øystein Skar on synthesisers was added to the group, before the more recent arrivals of Marte Eberson, also on synths, and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, flugabone and percussion. All of this has combined to give the band a richer texture and more potent sound.
'Silent Treatment', produced by acclaimed Norwegian producer Kåre Chr. Vestrheim, is perceived by Håvik as a very romantic album, with many of its themes existing in the realm of relationships behind closed doors. Yet for all the lyrical depth and layered compositions, the one thing that Highasakite do exceedingly well is enveloping choruses, which instantly take root and resonate, perhaps no more so than in lead single 'Since Last Wednesday'.
Håvik cites Mary Margaret O’Hara, Fever Ray and Diamanda Galás as some of her favourite musicians, as well as being touched by Bulgarian vocal choirs. Many other non-musical reference points have helped inform 'Silent Treatment', such as Håvik’s time in New York and Istanbul.
Highasakite have spent the last few months wowing audiences at numerous international festivals, including OYA Festival and a US tour in March, which included multiple gigs at SXSW, as well as supporting London Grammar. UK and European audiences are set for an equally memorable experience when Highasakite play a full EU tour in April.