Musical Discovery: ‘Leaving No Traces’ by HighAsAKite

If you saw my post yesterday, you will know that I saw Of Monsters and Men and HighAsAKite at Lincoln’s Engine Shed. The main act were incredible, and I was so pleased to come across HighAsAKite. They were so great that I listened to them some more, and discovered today’s Musical Discovery – Leaving No Traces.

An off-beat rhythm drives through the song at the start that’s typical of the alternative genre. However, what is not typical is Ingrid Hävik’s vocals, which is both calm and soulful. Alongside the powerful vocals and up-beat drum beat, the track also contains a colourful piano melody and haunting bass riffs.

Towards the end of the song, the chorus is repeated on top of the drums, which makes the song a perfect track to sing and dance along to. I am so happy to have discovered this band, so you may see some more Musical Discoveries from them soon.

What do you think of this track? Comment below!

Liam

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Of Monsters and Men at Lincoln’s Engine Shed

Before I moved to the University of Lincoln, I knew that there was a great concert venue on sight. So, when I found out that Of Monsters and Men were playing at Lincoln’s Engine Shed, I knew I had to go.

Already, the layout of the Engine Shed created an intimate atmosphere. This was the same with the stage design for the support act, HighAsAKite, where only dimmed lights were used to illuminate the stage.

In terms of HighAsAKite‘s music, I really loved the mix between mellow vocals and driving drum beats. With a sound that’s unique but also traditional to the alternative genre, HighAsAKite are a band I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on…

Then it wasn’t long before Of Monsters and Men took to the stage. Adding to the calm atmosphere which HighAsAKite created, their set was full of excellent contrasts. Nanna and Ragnar’s voices work brilliantly together, and the mixture of upbeat and relaxed songs kept their performance fresh and memorable.
Despite being somewhat disappointed that we didn’t hear Organs, their performance overall was fantastic. Towards the end of their set, everyone was dancing along to Little Talks. Then, with the final track – We Sink – the band ended the evening on a high. A brilliant performance from both bands.

Liam