– by Louise Richards
Highasakite, Wednesday February 4, The Corner Hotel
Touring Australia for their second time in the past 6 months, Norwegian indie-pop 5-piece Highasakite were quick to return to our shores as part of this month’s Laneway Festival.
On the Melbourne leg of their tour, they thrilled a captivated audience at The Corner Hotel on Wednesday night. Starting their mesmerizing set with the opening track ‘Lover Where Do You Live’ from their critically acclaimed 2014 album Silent Treatment, the crowd was left emotionally torn.
Throughout the show, I was undecided between wanting to cry and wanting to dance. This welcomed unease was at its peak mid-way through their set at which point ‘Darth Vader’ definitely left me sided with the need to move my feet to their elated tunes.
Track after track, front-woman Ingrid Helene Håvik proved to be one of the great female vocalists of our time, delivering each song with pure emotion and ease. Their performance of their breakout single ‘Since Last Wednesday’ solidified her rousing vocals and the band’s extreme talent.
With quite possibly the quickest break between a band’s last song and their encore, they closed their set with their cover Bon Iver’s ‘Heavenly Father’, leaving the audience in complete content.
Highasakite proved to be a force to be reckoned with, further embedding Scandinavians on the map as the innovators of modern indie music.
Photo Credit: Highasakite Facebook Page