All hail Hajk, the Oslo-based newcomers with a whirlwind of hype surrounding their forthcoming debut LP. The experimental guitar-pop quintet – who recall everyone from Dirty Projectors to Unknown Mortal Orchestra – have had most tastemakers hooked since brilliant single ‘Best Friend’ landed at the start of the year. Hot on its heels, new release ‘Nothing Left To Say’ is also like a shot of serotonin, beckoning you to crack open the nearest window and let the spring rays pour in. With both set to appear on Hajk‘s self-titled first album, due to be unleashed via Norwegian label Jansen Plateproduksjon at the end of April, we caught up with Hajk to get the skinny on an exciting couple of months.

‘Best Friend’ is great. How did the song come about?

“Thanks! We really liked the idea of making an upbeat, energetic song about something sad. Putting sad and sad together is okay, but putting sad together with something different can open up another perspective with interesting dimensions and colours.”

How did Hajk get together?

“We met at the same school seven years ago, playing everything else but pop and rock. The day we graduated, we felt an immediate urge to do something else. Hajk was the way to go! Mixing both female and male vocals, playing pop and rock, ballads and upbeat-songs about the good things and the bad things in life.”

What inspired your name?

“Our Swedish drummer, Johan, came up with the name after a TV-show he used to love when he was a kid. It has the same meaning in Swedish as the English “hike”, which gives us a good feeling: we’re going on a hike together in a magical, musical forest! Heheh.”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

Frank Ocean, Thundercat, The Lemon Twigs, Vulfpeck and Whitney.”

And finally, what does 2017 hold for Hajk?

“Worldwide release of our album, ‘Hajk’, April 28th, playing lots of shows, music videos, making new music and much, much more!”