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press release: On February 24 Minneapolis indie pop band Hippo Campus will release their debut full-length album landmark via Grand Jury Music (US) and Transgressive Records (UK). Earlier this month, NPR All Songs Considered shared lead single “Boyish”, calling it “forward thinking”. A.V. Club shared the corresponding video for “Boyish”.
"boyish" by Hippo Campus
landmark was recorded by BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, etc.) at Sonic Ranch, a residential studio located on a 2300-acre pecan farm near the border between Texas and Mexico. The album retains the same relentless energy and impeccable musicianship that animated 2015’s Bashful Creatures and South EPs, but finds the band searching for a more mature approach to songwriting. Familiar themes of aimlessness, young love, and friendship are complemented by tongue-in-cheek send ups of a culture obsessed with going viral. Songs like the resplendent “Way It Goes” or “Western Kids” wash over you with warm synths and spangled guitars, while slyly tackling the always-on world of social media and our obsession with timelines, feeds and glowing screens. Meanwhile, sonic revelations like the woozy “Monsoon” or triumphant “Poems” are studio-assisted studies in restraint and catharsis, ruminating on death, life and everything in between. In short, landmark has a sort of ambition and precocious wisdom that can only come from transitioning out of teenagehood and into adulthood.
That transition began in 2015, when the band started their climb to the national spotlight fresh out of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in Minnesota. Following a series of performances at SXSW -- Hippo Campus’ first gigs outside of their home state -- the band generated an unexpected buzz that would land them a slot on late night TV stalwart CONAN. Over the next several months, while most of their peers were in college, Hippo Campus received their education through tours that crisscrossed the globe, honing their craft on a pair of successful EPs which would go on to sell 25k copies, find a home on alternative radio airwaves and be streamed in excess of 15M times online.