Finally, 7 April marks the official UK release date tor Highasakite’s celebrated album ‘Silent Treatment’ with the US following suit on 8 April.
Reviews of the album have trickled in steadily since its domestic release in Jan. We’ve compiled a selection of excerpts below:
The Line of Best Fit’s James Killin delivers praise in his 8/10 review of the album: ‘…the record is a mature and arresting venture into troubling narrative territories, and one that marks Håvik out as a frontwoman accomplished beyond her years. When it’s not inclined to cast off into distension, Silent Treatment is robust, purposeful and precariously, hauntingly sublime.’
Writes The 405 in its 7,5/10 review of ‘Silent Treatment’: …from the energizing barrage of ‘I, The Hand Grenade’ to the gutsy emotive pill that is ‘My Only Crime’, Silent Treatment is an onslaught of charm and lose-yourself wilderpop. Pack some sarnies, thermal socks and a flagon of soup, and go for a hike in their illustrious world – just remember to let people know where you’ve gone… you might be there a while.
Under the Radar Mag also chimes in: ‘Silent Treatment capitalizes and enchants through 10 songs and almost 45 minutes. Frontwoman Ingrid Helene Håvik sings like an angel, carrying melody with unmatched grace, yet the instrumental backdrops to the songs are as interesting and magical as the vocals. “Lover, Where Do You Live?” is ethereal and floating. “Leaving No Traces” pulsates with driving drums, and “Hiroshima” slowly builds through six minutes, featuring breathtaking vocals sung over shimmering beats. “Iran” features a multi-voice chorus, quasi-yodeling, and pounding drums.’
London Grammar tour
Over the last weeks, Hihasakite have supported London Grammar on their US tour. A live-review from last week by KEXP sums things up pretty well: ‘Starting with the highly melodic “Lover, Where Do You Live?” and moving through new singles like “Leaving No Traces“, “Since Last Wednesday“, “Hiroshima“, and “Darth Vader“, Highasakite won over heart after heart with ease. The band’s sound presents a unique and interesting take on indie pop and folk rock, mixing the sounds of Lykke Li with Florence and the Machine and the xx. The result sees lead singer Ingrid Helene Havik belting out impassioned line after line, sometimes harmonizing with keyboardists Oystein Skar or Marte Eberson, always riding their wave of synthesized brilliance in perfect balance. Drummer Trond Bersu provides the heartbeat while Kristoffer Lo adds additional skeletal structure on guitar and additional percussion. This Seattle show may have marked the end of Highasakite’s time with London Grammar, but the band could not have gone out with more of a bang. More than a couple in the audience will be keeping their eye out for Silent Treatment once it drops next week.’
US tour dates announced
Having toured the US successfully with London Grammar in March, the band is now set to cross the Atlantic again later this year to continue to build a rapidly growing North American fan base. Last week saw a string of US live dates being added to the band´s packed 2014 tour itinerary:
May 16th @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
May 17th @ Red Room @ Cafe 939 in Boston,
MA May 18th @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
May 19th @ Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA
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 consists of the first five songs from All That Floats Will Rain) on Propeller Records. They added Marte Eberson (synths) and Kristoffer Lo (guitar, flugabone, percussion) to the line-up to flesh out their expansive sound and extend their layered instrumentation.