The Rescue Rooms archives: 2017

HIPPO CAMPUS, Live In Rescue Rooms

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017
  • Supported by: Toothless

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With their highly-anticipated debut LP landmark released this Friday, fast-rising Minnesotans Hippo Campus have shared a brand new live video for album cut, ‘simple season’ - as well as announcing news of a full UK/European tour for Autumn 2017.

‘simple season’ offers another look into the world Hippo Campus have created for landmark and follow recent singles ‘way it goes’ and ‘boyish/monsoon’ - some of the band’s most celebrated efforts to date, with substantial support coming from NPR, Noisey,

Consequence Of Sound, Mistajam, Huw Stephens, Greg James, Steve Lamacq and more, whilst sitting a well over 2,500,000 spins on Spotify.

A blissed out yet immediate number, the song finds the band coming of age whilst reflecting on the simplicity of youth. It’s a celebration of friendship and a toast to being a kid but also a timely reminder that whilst life changes, that feeling needn’t be lost.

Filmed live by collaborator Dan Huiting, the shoot took place back at home following a sold out UK run earlier this year and the band are pleased to announced further dates for October 2017 - including a headline show at London’s Koko.

The band’s forthcoming debut 'landmark' was written and recorded over the past twelve months and produced by the fast-rising BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Francis & The Lights, Low). The record marks a true coming of age for the band, exploring an intimate world of universal concepts; love and loss, family and friendship, hope and self-doubt, amongst many others. A milestone at the time in life of which certain questions are answered, but so many more are asked.

Eschewing any of the band’s critically acclaimed previous works, 'landmark' is a collection of thirteen brand new Hippo Campus songs - a debut in the truest sense, and one that musically uncovers a series of fresh sounds from the group. Whilst a strong grasp remains on their classic songwriting capabilities, another is held for experimentation and sonic discovery.




Made up of a mixture of wistful acoustic melodies, swelling electronic instrumentals and throbbing basslines, Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash’s first solo venture isn’t worlds apart from his main band’s discography, but instead a variation on a theme that will have you falling hook, line and sinker for the long-overlooked indie bassist.

On semi-acoustic opening track "Charon", an air of laid-back artistic gloom is incorporated before lead single"Sisyphus" sees Nash up the tempo to a high which continues throughout the remainder of the record. Named after the Greek myth, "Sisyphus" is Toothless' take on the tale of a man whose punishment it is to roll a boulder up a hill every day, only for it to roll back down again. Despite it being the last to be recorded, the track's blistering guitar hooks and heady vocals make for a winning combination and is up there amongst the album's finest moments.

"Party For Two" is another bold moment that maintains the record's seductive qualities. Featuring Liz Lawrence, who has previously toured with Bombay Bicycle Club, the track is peppered with honeyed harmonies and is an uplifting number that flourishes. Elsewhere, organic indie number "Alright Alright Alright" is another key player awash with moody intensity, while the sprawling masterpiece "Terra" seamlessly transitions to the album's end.

The Pace Of The Passing is an expansive and ambitious record that should delight fans of Bombay Bicycle Club but also pull in listeners not be so acquainted with his previous work.