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After a short run of shows in Europe this year, Hippo Campus returned in October 2017 to take in more dates in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France, the recent debut album landmark is now released!

Have you ever had one of those moments when listening to an album where you think, “This might not be aimed at me — hell, it’s probably aimed a few miles away from me,” but it connects regardless? Bambi is one of those albums. Hippo Campus have been a bit of a mystery.  After selling records at Bonnaroo and having their title be the most coveted on all three days , I couldn’t wrap my head around what type of band they were and how they were able to captivate their audience.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, they make pop music — but they make pop music that’s just the right amount of nostalgic while staying deeply rooted in futurism. Bambi is a genuine risk that, admittedly, may have attributed to why this album flew so far under the radar. Regardless, this record is a bold and genuinely enjoyable move by a young band exploring every possible avenue.

Hippo Campus Bambi cover artwork

Hippo Campus are perfectly awkward with their new album Bambi set to be released September 28th through Transgressive Records and produced be BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Low). Guitarist Jake Luppen stated that part of their album was shaped by the #Metoo, mental health issues, and toxic masculinity. “That (#metoo) really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall, in the past, we might have been apprehensive about being super-vulnerable, but now we’re more aware of how important it is to come forward about dealing with depression or anxiety. Because if more men are able to do that, they might be less likely to express those feelings as anger or violence.”

This drift from the status quo is apparent throughout the album. It’s playful and quirky, but with a vulnerability that lies in the fragile melodies and honest lyrics. They’re stretching, moving, and expanding what our society considers to be masculine. Bambi is unexpected, and once you get into a beat, it changes. It’ll have you bobbing your head to bubble sounds and loud glitches.

Hippo Campus has given us an album we can listen to while we test new waters, take an emotional journey, and find new parts of ourselves.