Laneway Presents & Fasterlouder
8:00pm, Thu 18 September, 2014
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
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Norwegian indie rock 5-piece, Highasakite, have just confirmed they’ll be making their debut visit to Australia this coming September for a show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 18th September.
Highasakite's latest album Silent Treatment (out now thru Caroline Label Services) has been garnering irrefutably favourable reviews across the Norwegian press, and the positivity has well and truly gone international. Intertwining fresh, soaring vocals around synths, guitars and percussion, the result is a delightfully folk-inflected, expansive sound layered with a lush instrumentation. Lead singer Ingrid Helene H vik displays a vocal lustre that hovers somewhere between light and shade; drawing comparisons to Lykke Li and Bjork.
The band formed after H vik met drummer Trond Bersu at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory and began to write, record and perform together. Starting as a duo, they soon recruited producer Thomas Dahl to help out on bass and guitar, while also adding ystein Skar to play synthesizer and eventually Marte Eberson, also on synths and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, flugabone and percussion. Before long, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) jumped on board as a huge supporter after seeing them at Norway's ya Festival in 2012 and consequently took them out on tour with him.
Silent Treatment features the rapturous single, Since Last Wednesday (currently getting love from Triple J and community radio) which beautifully unveils their rugged Scandinavian accent, replete with shimmering vocals, twinkling guitars and anthemic pop hooks, all the time thinly veiling a richer, darker subject matter. Once you hear Highasakite you'll wonder how you ever got by without them, theirs is an endless sound oscillating between density and spaciousness. Silent Treatment is filled with radical texture and startling immediacy, with H vik's idiosyncratic vocals perfectly joining the album's eccentricity and accessibility.
Following the exciting news that Highasakite's hot new single Darth Vader has been added to high rotation on triple j, we can now also confirm that Melbourne outfit Hoodlem are locked in to support at their upcoming shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Shrouded in anonymity, the Melbourne outfit recently took Canadian Music Week by storm, lifting the veil on who exactly it is that set the blogosphere ablaze when they dropped their debut track Through. Attracting the attention of taste-making blogs and indie New York duo, MS MR, to name but a few, Hoodlem blend pulsing experimental beats, soulful vocals and crisp production into a beautifully layered sonic exploration.