Album release: 'Drama' by Hajk
Release date: 1 February 2019
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Band website
'Drama' – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk have turned their focus to in 2018. The band burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album last year, garnering support around the world as well as making a name for themselves in their home country of Norway. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up 'Drama' has been announced for February 2019 – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance away your sorrows. Lead single and first taste of what is to come arrives in the form of the bubblegum-flavoured new cut, 'Dancing Like This'. It's a lyrically melancholy and wide-eyed love song, with an addictive melody that looks to sugarcoat your tears.
Listen to new single 'Dancing Like This' via Soundcloud
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Listen to debut single 'Magazine'
Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as actress and model, Chloë Grace Moretz. International acclaim came in waves from Noisey, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, V Magazine, The Independent, Indie Shuffle, and more, noting their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Fleetwood Mac and Aztec Camera to Dirty Projectors and Little Dragon.
With their second album, 'Drama', a more self-assured band reveals themselves. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves, taking extreme care over every second and minute detail of their work. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and an assortment of guest musicians, Hajk conjured up whatever was necessary to fulfill their creative vision.
The title 'Drama' relates to the drama of humanity and a somewhat naïve yearning for love in a world in which love can sometimes seem in scarce supply.
'Drama' is due for release on February 1st via Jansen Records. First single from it 'Dancing Like This', is out on September 28th, listen here.
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR HAJK
"This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine" - Noisey
"The soaring vocals of Feist with the erratic percussion of Dirty Projectors" - V Magazine
Ones To Watch at The Guardian
"Hajk has delivered one of the best debuts of the year" - The Line Of Best Fit
"Crisp, clear, and smooth... street-ready guitar-pop" - Stereogum
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