Norway’s Hajk are excited to share the new single “Keep Telling Myself” from their forthcoming full-length album Drama, out February 8th on Jansen Records. Drama is the follow up to Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as a united Norwegian music press. Internationally, outlets such as Noisey, Stereogum, Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, The Independent and Clash Music gave the group standing ovations for their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them toeverything from Dire Straits and Aztec Camera to Haim. On Drama, Hajk embrace a wide range of influences, naming artists such as Solange, Frank Ocean and Thundercat.
Drama – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk are about on their upcoming album. The band burst onto the Norwegian scene with their self-titled debut album, garnering broad appreciation way outside of their home country. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up is near – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance.
About the track, songwriter Preben Sælid Andersen says: “‘Keep Telling Myself’ is actually a pretty dark song about trying to convince yourself that love still exists – not just between two people, but in general. This is also a sonic leap for us, containing a variety of sounds that we really enjoyed exploring.”
With the sophomore album, Drama, a more confident band is on display. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves. Blending analog and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and several guest musicians, Hajk has done whatever 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 sometimes seems scarce.
It’s been a while since the band recorded the songs for their debut album, and you can hear that they’re eager to get going. This time they are taking the sound of their debut a few notches further. We get the simple but grand ballads and we get the catchy up-tempo pop songs. In short, drama.
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