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Hippo Campus – Passenger [Review]

Hippo Campus – Passenger [Review]

Hippo Campus are back! The Minneapolis five-piece have returned with their new pensive single ‘Passenger’.

The standalone single, ‘Passenger’, is an emotional, slow-burning indie pop gem that showcases the band’s increasing knack for melodies. The track was produced by the band’s regular collaborator BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, Francis & The Lights) and borrows from the serene moments of their 2017 critically acclaimed debut album landmark. When discussing the single Jake Luppen (singer/guitarist) comments:

“Passenger was written in the winter of 2017 after the first four months of touring on landmark […] Lyrically the themes deal with the challenges of growing alongside the person you love. For this song in particular I tried to challenge myself to write a more complex chord progression to sing to. I started off with a TR-8 groove and the rest followed pretty naturally.”

Alongside the new release, the band have announced a huge tour across the United States. They will be supported by The Districts and are stopping off at some of the most iconic venues in the US, including Terminal 5 (NYC), The Riv (Chicago) and Stubbs (Austin, TX). The quintet will also be playing a stream of shows in the UK. They are set to appear at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals and London’s Omeara in August.

 

Review by Kate Pearson

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