Hajk, pronounced hu-a-juh-kuh, is an Oslo-based band that should very well be on your radar. Members include Preben Sælid Andersen (vocals, guitar), Sigrid Aase (vocals), Knut Olav Sandvik (bass), Johan Nord (drums), and Einar Næss Haugseth (keys). Hajk is their self-titled debut release.
Possibly the best indie pop album of the year thus far, Hajk's debut release is buoyed with captivating male and female vocal leads, intricate instrumentation and rousing melodies. The music sounds like a cross between the Dirty Projectors and Rubblebucket so if you are a fan of either of those artists chances are you'll love this little Norwegian band and everything they have to offer.
Nearly every moment on the album impresses as most of the songs are sweet and infectious, the sort of stuff that can lay idle in your head all day long. Some of my favorite songs include "Magazine," "Nothing Left To Say," "Flowerdust," "Medicine," "Best Friend," and "My Enemy." If you're looking for a summer record that offers a rich and rewarding experience and grooves like indie pop fused with a touch of 70s soft rock, Hajk's debut album transcends all expectations. Highly recommended.