Trying to circumnavigate yourself around the monster that is SXSW is one thing, attempting to remember who the most "hyped about" acts are is another. But, being attentive enough to catch all of those acts you swore you must see at SX is simply impossible. I did manage to catch a great deal of incredible performances this year, some of whom were not planned and simply stumbled upon (which works with my wanderlust schedule and sometimes proves to be the best source for discovery). Although to be honest, I often rely on those trusty sources such as NPR and KCRW to dish out their musical highlights from the week. This is not because I am lazy... rather "too busy" to see it all. Highasakite was introduced to me by these trusty sources.
They are a band that has been on the radar for a lot of music publications following this year's SX. This Scandinavian 5-piece is equal parts indie pop, melancholy, Lykke Li-esque hypnotic vocals layered with notes of psychedelia and tribal beats; overall a catchy and ethereal sounding band who are somewhat hypnotizing.
Ingrid Helene Håvik leads the band with her distinct vocals -- executing a sound that is both soft, sweet and strong. Maybe I like Highasakite because Justin Vernon championed them, or maybe it is because their music reminds me of my time spent in Germany listening to the soothing vocals of Trolle Siebenhaar (random fact). Regardless, you should get lost in their transfixing sound.
They were recently compared to Coldplay in one article, although I would rather not use that reference as it taints my appreciation for them... I'll let you make your own assessment (as long as it doesn't involve Chris Martin).
Their debut album 'Silent Treatment' will be available worldwide on April 7.
Meanwhile, stream the full album here.