Hippo Campus released their new EP, Good Dog, Bad Dream today.
Aside from two singles off the EP, the band hasn’t released new music since their 2019 album, Demos.
Good Dog, Bad Dream has 5 tracks and is around 15 minutes long. It’s been refreshing hearing their sound again!
The album starts out with “Bad Dream Baby.” This track was released as a single about a month ago. It has a different sound than typical Hippo Campus songs. It almost has a Bad Suns feel to it because of how upbeat it is. The chorus is catchy and overall has some great summer vibes. After putting out this single, we were eager for the EP to drop.
The next song off the EP is “Deepfake.” This song has more of the typical Hippo Campus feel to it. The members in the band are all in their mid-twenties and this song really captures how it feels to be lost and how the transition into adulthood can suck. This one really resonates with us, as we’re all trying to adjust to a new form of normalcy.
“Sex Tape” was released a couple days ago as another teaser to the EP. One of our favorite parts of this song is that it includes the Vali-Hi Drive-In, which is a drive-in theater that’s in Minnesota, where the band is originally from.
“Where to Now” starts out very instrumental. It lays down a solid beat that stays the same but also builds strength as the song progresses. We think this is a great change up from the rest of the EP, it’s more relaxed and comes at the right time.
The EP is rounded out with “Mojo Jojo.” This track starts out with a screaming note which catches you off guard at first, especially with it being right after “Where to Now.” Overall, this song is a lot different than the rest. One of the reasons is because Jake Luppen is singing, not Nathan Stocker who sings the rest of the songs on Good Dog, Bad Dream.
It feels like Hippo Campus is moving into a new era and we’re excited to see where they go from here. We think the EP is a hit and already can’t wait for more new music! Stream Good Dog, Bad Dream here!
Good Dog, Bad Dream: 8.5/10
Hippo Campus also announced their upcoming tour. Their first show is in Raleigh, NC on September 9. After playing a couple shows in September, they will pause their tour and then resume it in February in Madison, WI. They’ll wrap up the tour on April 23rd at their home turf in Minnesota. Get tickets for the tour here.
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