The full-length debut from Minneapolis-based Hippo Campus, Landmark, is a well-written, complex, and atmospheric collection of alt-rock tunes that not only makes the listener think, but is easy to simply lose yourself in.
Landmark is an album that says a lot, but at the same time is pleasantly soft-spoken. It is characterized by sweeping vocals seeped in reverb and similarly ethereal-sounding guitar lines, which are an excellent complement to the extremely complex and introspective songwriting. Songs such as “Way It Goes” and “Simple Season” reflect on experiences of days past and look hopefully to the future, painting a beautiful imagery of pastoral winters and hot cocoa as they go.
If the goal of Landmark was to make the listener really pay attention to the lyrics, it certainly succeeds. This is because the instrumentation throughout the entire album is rather subtle, and gives way very easily to the melodic lines and lyrical ideas that the vocals put through.