Highasakite is offering 4 free, legal mp3s for download on Noisetrade. The mp3 sampler includes songs from their In and Out of Weeks EP along with “Since Last Wednesday” from their debut album, Silent Treatment.
With the lyric “Lover, where do you live? In the sky?”, the album glides opens on a melodic, wistful breeze.
The thunderous percussion of “Since Last Wednesday” and “Leaving No Traces” make for a sudden, drastic shift in sound.
Other fave tracks are “I, The Hand Grenade” and “Darth Vader,” though I find it curious and amusing that Highasakite singer-songwriter Ingrid Håvik refers to herself as a “terrorist,” “parasite,” “Philistine,” “killer bee” and “Darth Vader” in the lyrical course of just two songs.
“Iran” is the stand out track with dazzling drama that would make Florence + the Machine, Bat For Lashes and Lykke Li proud.
I must add my voice to Highasakite’s growing international chorus of admirers. I’ve been seeing their name pop up all over the place since their smash performance at Øya Festival a few months ago, but as usual I was repelled by the hype. It wasn’t until their new video, “My Soldier,” recently premiered on a trusted source – the newly resurrected Wears The Trousers – that I bothered to pay them any mind. The Norwegian indie-pop trio is definitely a band to watch. Their music is soft and melodic, but has a dramatic edge. The closest comparison I can think of is of a Beach House and Mynabirds collaboration. You can watch their “My Soldier” and “Indian Summer” videos and download several mp3s at Soundcloud.
Highasakite – My Soldier (mp3 download page)
Highasakite – I Roll My Eyes (mp3 download page)
Highasakite – The Heron (mp3 download page)
*all Soundlcoud streams and downloads uploaded by band’s manager