“It’s about trying to hold on to something, but deep down you know it’s already too late. Being able to take a step back and take a deep breath can be the only right thing to do sometimes.”
Today, Hajk have released a brand new single entitled ‘Breathe’, the third and final single from the upcoming album ‘Drama’ that is out on February 15th on Jansen Records. The track is a soaring, emotional R&B-tinged song with an instantly infectious melody guided by Sigrid Aase’s powerful vocals that enthrall throughout.
Behind the sheen though, the band’s Preben Sælid Andersen has explained that ‘Breathe’ is actually, “about the ability to believe in yourself and the ones close to you. It’s about trying to hold on to something, but deep down you know it’s already too late. Breathing is also something we have talked about a lot during the making of this album, and it now serves as a theme throughout the record, in the lyrics and with actual breathing sounds hidden all over. Being able to take a step back and take a deep breath can be the only right thing to do sometimes.”
‘Drama’ – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk have turned their focus to. The band burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album last year, garnering support around the world as well as making a name for themselves in their home country of Norway. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up ‘Drama’ has been announced for February 2019 – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance away your sorrows. The band have said the sound of ‘Drama’ is deeply influenced by their recent listening history that includes the likes of Childish Gambino, Solange, Anderson.Paak, Mndsgn, and Thundercat.
Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as actress and model, Chloë Grace Moretz. International acclaim came in waves from Noisey, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, V Magazine, The Independent, Indie Shuffle, and more, noting their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Fleetwood Mac and Aztec Camera to Dirty Projectors and Little Dragon.
With their second album, ‘Drama’, a more self-assured band reveals themselves. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves, taking extreme care over every second and minute detail of their work. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and an assortment of guest musicians, Hajk conjured up whatever was 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 can sometimes seem in scarce supply.
‘Drama’ is due for release on February 15th via Jansen Records.