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Keep Telling Myself

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

I don’t know if you trust me anymore
after what I did, after all the things I said
I swear it was not intentional
Expressing my emotions,
always hard for me

You deserve everything you’ve ever wanted
Trying to find the words,
but I can’t reach a single thought
Can’t you hold on just a little bit longer
So much closer now, I just keep telling myself

This is everlasting love
I’m afraid I’m out of love
This is everlasting love
I’m afraid I’m out of love

And, it’s not so hard now after all
cause everything you wanna do
If you say we go, I’ll follow you
You showed me where you’re coming from
Where you grew up, the rooftop where you used to sit
and wait for your life to begin

Please don’t make this harder for me now
You saw right through me every time,
If only I could read your mind
Every river flows towards the sea
And I though that I was different,
I just keep telling myself

This is everlasting love
I’m afraid I’m out of love
This is everlasting love
I’m afraid I’m out of love

Can’t you hold on just a little bit longer
Can’t you hold on just a little bit longer
Can’t you hold on just a little bit longer
Can’t you hold on just a little bit longer

credits

released November 23, 2018
Performed by: Hajk
Written and composed by: Preben Sælid Andersen and Sigrid Aase

Preben Sælid Andersen: Vocals and guitars
Sigrid Aase: Vocals
Johan Nord: Drums
Einar Næss Haugseth: Keys
Knut Olav Buverud Sandvik

Produced by: Preben Sælid Andersen
Mixed by: Christian Engfelt
Mastered by: George Tanderø

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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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