Norwegian indie-pop quintet Highasakite have released the first single ‘Son of a bitch‘ off their US debut EP, In and out of weeks, set to be released March 5 on Propeller Recordings.
Comprised of Ingrid Helene Håvik (vocals, zither), Trond Bersu (drums), Øystein Skar (synths), Marte Eberson (synths), and Kristoffer Lo (guitar, percussion, flugabone, tuba), Highasakite has the chops to keep it interesting and the pop sensibility to make it memorable. The band took flight when Håvik and Bersu met while studying jazz at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. With Bersu on drums and Håvik singing and playing zither, the duo enlisted producer Thomas Dahl (Krøyt) to help them capture the sounds they were hearing in their heads, and expanded to a five-piece shortly thereafter. With the release of their Norwegian debut, All That Floats Will Rain, the band started playing live, gaining ‘Best New Act of 2012’ accolades from the Norwegian press and receiving international attention for their stellar performances at Iceland Airwaves, Eurosonic, Berlin Music Week, Øya Festival and more.
Highasakite’s blend of 1960s American pop, Norwegian folk, shimmering synths and more far-flung touches like zither and autoharp make for a sturdy foundation on which Håvik’s rich voice can rest. Her English cadence is endearingly Norwegian, and it suits her heartfelt lyrics. In and out of weeks runs the gamut of timbres and emotions, from mid-tempo rockers to wistful ballads. It’s all undeniably poppy, but there’s true substance and depth here that’s unmatched by their contemporaries.
Coming a long way from their humble beginnings as a duo, Highasakite has steadily built enough momentum to break out of their homeland. Called “a thing of hazy loveliness” by NME, they’ll be making their US touring debut with March dates in NY and LA and appearances at SXSW 2013.
In and out of weeks EP Tracklisting
1. Son of a bitch
2. Winners don’t come easy
3. Indian summer
4. In and out of weeks
5. Whatever that means
US Tour Dates + SXSW
3/13-3/17 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
3/20 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
3/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
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