EP Review: Hippo Campus – South

With brisk fall in full swing and ominous winter slowly approaching, sometimes a summery song can be the perfect pick-me-up. Unless you’re like me and just like to wallow in the gloomy majestic cloud cover and misty rain that is the majority of Seattle’s colder seasons. Anyway, if that first scenario applies to you, or you just really need some new tunes, then Hippo Campus’s recently released EP South might just be your little miracle.

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Although this band hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, they definitely have a west coast kinda vibe with their beachy, colorful guitar riffs, and just overall indie sound. Vocalist Jake Luppen isn’t afraid to explore the vast spectrum of his vocal range, and although some of the lyrics tend to get a little too repetitive for my taste, overall the songs successfully give off a feeling that’s like driving down the California coast at sunset in a convertible with your sickest sunglasses on. If you haven’t had the chance to experience that feeling, then just take my word for it that it’s pretty awesome.

The song “South” quite clearly stands out as the focal point of the EP, and that makes sense because the two share the same name after all. However, I think my favorite track has to be “Violet” because I just adore the way Hippo Campus takes there time building up the energy in the song. Not to mention the catchy chorus is great too. Without fail every time I’m 1 minute and 13 seconds into it I just feel like dancing and jumping around the dorm doing all my favorite nerdy dance moves (even if my roommate disapproves).

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#sorrynotsorry Between the song’s rises and falls in tempo, you have the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation all rolled into one catchy tune that is sure to get you off the couch and doing something with your day. Also, the way the ending just fades into a dreamy send off leaves you perfectly at ease with how hard you just rocked out. Go on, give it a listen and let me know what you think. 

Pretty good, am I right? Anyway, if you haven’t heard Hippo Campus’s first EP titled Bashful Creatures, which contains popular tracks such as “Suicide Saturday” and “Little Grace” (and were too lazy to click on the video links I kindly provided for you above) then I guess I could compare their sound to bands like The Griswolds, Wild Party, and maybe even Young the Giant. If you haven’t heard of any of those guys either, then just stop reading right now and go listen to all of them. Seriously. You won’t regret it.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Notable Tracks: “South”, “Violet”, “The Halocline”

The Band’s Website: http://hippocampusband.com/

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Addison Simon