By Alexandra Schwartz | May 20, 2016
"Camp Echo is more electronic, a bit darker, and maybe even a bit more aggressive and up tempo than our debut album, Silent Treatment," Highasakite frontwoman (and birthday girl!) Ingrid Håvik tells us about the Norweigan band's gorgeous sophomore album, released today. (You may remember their first album Silent Treatment, which remained on the Norweigan Top 40 List for over two consecutive years). But in addition to the beauty, there is definitely darkness: On top of layers of synth-y beats and elegant vocals, the album has clear allusions to the violent world around us—lyrics about war and terror, a reference to Guantanamo Bay in the album's name ("Camp Echo is also a summer camp, which makes the name a bit bizarre. That also makes it beautiful," Ingrid shares), songs with titles like "Samurai Swords" and "Chernobyl." Yes, the album has perfect pop flavor, but it hits many more serious notes than you might expect. It's powerful and real, which is why we love it. "I want to evoke a lot of feelings with this album; listeners can decide the takeaway for themselves." Ingrid says.
In celebration of release day, Ingrid shared with what other songs and artists she's got on her playlist right now. Check them out—and listen to the full stream of Camp Echo—below.
Fever Ray, "The concrete walls"
Great vocal effects. I love the «twilight».
Die Antwoord, "I Fink You're Freaky"
I really like their whole package. The visuals. Everything!
Bon Iver, "Perth"
I've always been a fan of Bon Iver, and Perth is one of my favorite cities. Great combination!
The Knife, "Raging Lung"
I´m always listen to this while I'm out running. It's 10 minutes long, but I never get tired of it.
Purity Ring, "Heartsigh"
We heard them for the first time when we toured in Australia. It was love on first listen.
Great video. Moody stuff. We're all fans.
Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money"
One of the coolest vocals on the planet.