Hippo Campus are a young, American band from Minnesota who have recently announced their debut album, Landmark. The album is to be released on the 24th of February 2017 and there is already a lot of hype surrounding it from Hippo Campus’ ever growing fan base.
2015 saw the release of their first EP, Bashful Creatures and just under a year later they are back with the announcement of a full length album.
So far, the quartet have released two singles from the album, Boyish and monsoon. They’re both very different from each other but show an expansion to Hippo Campus’ distinctive pop sound.
Boyish is an upbeat song featuring a big guitar intro and cheeky, bright lyrics about being young. This track is similar to the rest of their discography which comes as a relief to the fans who adore their original, happy sound.
This single is a big step up for this band, they’ve developed a sharper production sound but have remained the same in many ways, the lyrical style is the same and the track has a story behind it. Hippo Campus know what music they make and they make it well.
The second single, monsoon is a contrast to anything we’ve ever heard from them. It’s a piano lead ballad where guitars and drums bleed into the song half way through. Despite this, the song remains slow and steady throughout keeping the emotion of the song high. The band have also played with effects on their songs for the first time with the lyrics “It should have been me” repeating to a fade out at the end. This track shows a different side to the Hippo Campus we know, it shows that they are able to made calmer, deeper songs & that they have developed sonically within the last year.
It’s surprising to see a band this young have a set sound that already sets them out from the rest. Their debut EP was a hit getting them attention from KEXP & Vevo DSCVR and I hope this album pushes this promising band out there even more.
They are due to kick of their international tour in the UK next January. The tour will be taking them all across the UK from Bristol to Glasgow to Leeds and they will finish the tour at London’s legendry Dingwalls on the 1st of February, not long before the release of the album.
27/1/17 – Bristol, Thekla
28/1/17 – Manchester, Sound Control
29/1/17 – Glasgow, Stereo
31/1/17 – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
1/2/17 – London, Dingwalls