Hippo Campus - Wasteland
Wasteland is the fifth EP by Hippo Campus, released on April 14, 2023. The EP is a five-track collection of songs that explore themes of loneliness, isolation, and the search for meaning in a world that can often feel like a wasteland. The EP is a departure from Hippo Campus’ previous work, which has been more upbeat and indie-rock-oriented. Wasteland is a more somber and introspective record, with a focus on acoustic guitars and pianos. The EP has been praised by critics for its honest and vulnerable lyrics, as well as its beautiful and atmospheric soundscapes.
The EP opens with the title track, “Wasteland,” a slow-burning ballad about the emptiness and despair that can be found in a world that has been ravaged by war and violence. The song builds to a powerful crescendo, with Luppen’s vocals soaring over a wall of sound. The second track, “Moonshine,” is a more upbeat and hopeful song about finding solace in the simple things in life. The song is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope.
The rest of the EP follows a similar pattern, with each song exploring a different aspect of the human condition. “Yippie Ki Yay” is a catchy and upbeat song about the joy of living in the moment. “Honeysuckle” is a beautiful and delicate ballad about the power of love. And “Probably” is a haunting and introspective song about the inevitability of death.
Wasteland is a powerful and moving EP that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever felt lost, alone, or afraid. The EP is a reminder that we are all in this together, and that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope.