Highasakite | Whelans, Dublin
22 May 2016
Norway’s Highasakite return with lead single ‘Golden Ticket‘,embarking a much more dystopian route to escapism.
The track opens with “God, if you’re still watching” – a premise lifted from Gunvor Hofmo’s post-World War II poem, ‘Det er ingen hverdag mer’ [translation: there’s no more every day], or as vocalist Ingrid Helene Håvik describes it: “Norway’s funeral blues”.
“It’s a very famous verse, and was used a lot around the time of the Norwegian terrorist attacks [Oslo and Utøya, 2011],” she explains. “The song is very much about escapism, both escaping yourself and the world; just wanting to get high and get out, basically” – a surprising foundation, given the track’s uplifting and undeniable pop sensibilities.
Listen to ‘Golden Ticket‘ below:
Golden Ticket follows introductory single ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ – a “dark and pummeling” cut that had the likes of The FADER, BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) and Vogue lining up to premiere its collective parts; now boasting in excess of 2.5 million streams. It’s afforded an equally dark video that features Håvik in seething, oil-drenched contortion.
Watch ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ below:
Highasakite play a headline show at Whelans, Dublin on 22 May.
Tickets are on sale now.