Critically acclaimed Norwegian outfit Highasakite are back with a new single, ‘Can I Be Forgiven’, set for release on 4th October, via Propeller Recordings. The genre-defying track is the first excerpt from their upcoming album ‘The Bare Romantic’, which will be released in two parts, Part I due for release on 18th October, with Part II scheduled for release in 2020.
The news come as a surprise with the band’s latest album ‘Uranium Heart’, released just eight months ago. “After the last album’s tour, we knew that we had some additional music we wanted to record,” explains the band about the release; “we went back into the studio with the whole band and worked on the songs between the summer festivals. We couldn’t wait to share these songs with the outside world”.
Conformity has never been Highasakite’s trademark. The band’s choice to split ‘The Bare Romantic’ in two parts - with ‘Can I Be Forgiven’ as first single - shows a band unwilling to play by the rule book. Having found their soul again by reverting to a two-piece band during the writing process of their last album ‘Uranium Heart’, the new mini album sees the involvement of former Jaga Jazzist and Puma’s guitarist Stian Westerhus, traditional and fiddle composer Sarah-Jane Summers, as well as their regular live band members’ Øystein Moen and Kristoffer Bonsaksen, with the latter also sharing production duties with Highasakite’s member Trond Bersu.
Having broken all records with their 2014 breakthrough album ‘Silent Treatment’, which spent over two years on the Norwegian Top 40 chart, the band’s 2016 #1 Charting successor ‘Camp Echo’, saw them cementing their status as one of Norway’s best musical export, with songwriter Ingrid Helene Håvik’s alternative approach to pop writing earning multiple Norwegian Grammy Awards and widespread acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, The Guardian and Vogue. The same year, the band performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, were handpicked by Conan O’Brien to perform on his eponymous talk show and made their USA television debut on Conan in 2017 to perform their single ‘5 Million Miles’.
Known for their extraordinary stage performances, Highasakite have become a formidable and renowned international live act - topping the bills of legendary festivals including headlining Norway’s five biggest festivals; Glastonbury, Latitude, Roskilde, and Field Day in Australia, alongside sell out tours spanning the UK, US and Australia. The band will be back in the UK to play an intimate show at The Garage in London on 16th April 2020.
Armed with their latest release, Highasakite only look set to further their position as one of Scandinavia’s most exciting exports: a reputation that will be cemented with their upcoming new single ‘Can I Be Forgiven’, due on 4th October.