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Dancing Like This

by Hajk

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Drama – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk are about on their upcoming album. The band burst onto the Norwegian scene with their self-titled debut album, garnering broad appreciation way outside of their home country. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up is near – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance. First single is the energetic “Dancing Like This”, a melancholy and wide-eyed love song, which guarantees to get stuck in your head.

Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as a united Norwegian music press. Internationally, outlets such as Noisey, Stereogum, Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, The Independent and Clash Music gave the group standing ovations for their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Dire Straits and Aztec Camera to Haim.

With the sophomore album, “Drama”, a more confident band is on display. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and several guest musicians, Hajk has done whatever necessary to fullfill their creative vision.

The title “Drama” relates to the drama of humanity and a somewhat naïve yearning for love in a world in which love sometimes seems scarce.

It’s been a while since the band recorded the songs for their debut album, and you can hear that they’re eager to get going. This time they are taking the sound of their debut a few notches further. We get the simple but grand ballads and we get the catchy up-tempo pop songs. In short, drama.

lyrics

When nobody sees me
And I’m all alone 
And nobody cares
What’s been said

Then I close my eyes 
There’s a mission ahead
I feel it all over 
All over again

I just close my eyes and i pretend that I am somewhere else
I close my eyes and I disappear
I’d give up everything if I just could be dancing like this when you’re here
I just close my eyes and I pretend that I am somewhere else
I close my eyes and breathe
I’d give up everything if I just could be dancing like this when you’re here

I need to let go 
And not look back
I will catch up later 
this is what I’ve got

You’re so persuasive 
but you’ve got no clue
I’m wishing you all the best
but when you don’t see it from my point of view 

I need to close my eyes and i pretend that i am somewhere else
I close my eyes and I disappear
I’d give up everything if I just could be dancing like this when you’re here

ooh, and suddenly I can feel my legs
I feel my shoulders 
I close my eyes and breathe
I am somebody, but I let myself fall for your eyes
I’m moving and hoping someday you will see

I just close my eyes and I pretend that I am somewhere else
I close my eyes and I disappear
I’d give up everything if I just could be dancing like this when you’re here
I just close my eyes and I pretend that I am somewhere else
I close my eyes and breathe
I’d give up everything if I just could be dancing like this when you’re here

I’d give up everything 
I’d give up everything
I’d give up everything
I’d give up everything
I’d give up everything

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released September 28, 2018

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Hajk Oslo, Norway

modern pop/rock, with an emphasis on very strong melodies.

www.hajk.no

label/management: erik@jansenrecords.com

booking: joel@nordiclive.no

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