Hippo Campus Shows Growth on Latest LP "Landmark"

Hippo Campus Shows Growth on Latest LP "Landmark"

My love for Hippo Campus grows. As it does, I'm seeing a metamorphosis from straightforward rock to progressive compositions.

Start with Bashful Creatures (2014) and the anthemic "Suicide Saturday," the bouncy "Sophie So," and the beautiful "Souls." There was a lot of starting and stopping.

Fast forward to their latest release Landmark (2017), and the songs are more spacious, and slowed down. On "Tuesday" they take their time, building towards the perfect pop song. A intro with a pretty lead drops out to offer an unobstructed listen to the vocals. Lyrics about the mundane tasks of a Tuesday, twist and turn, slowly climbing towards "the best day of my life." At first listen you're waiting for the big hook. After several listens you're singing it obsessively.

On "Tuesday" they take their time, building towards the perfect pop song. An intro with a pretty lead drops out to offer an unobstructed listen to the vocals. Lyrics about the mundane tasks of a Tuesday, twist and turn, slowly climbing towards "the best day of my life." At first listen you're waiting for the big hook. After several listens you're singing it obsessively.

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They've have essentially created more open space for the vocals, and added instrumental parts that highlight, or cue, the melodies. It's crazy to think how fast they've grown. With each release you can hear the maturity.

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