Shout Out Louds Trip on the Melancholic Joy of Being Alive on “High as a Kite”

The Swedish rockers’ sixth LP House arrives early next year.

Over the span of 20 years together as a band, Stockholm’s Shout Out Louds have explored plenty of different sounds that branched off from their unique 2005 debut Howl Howl Gaff Gaff—from chipper indie to downcast post-punk, upbeat jangle-pop to melancholy dream pop—all within the span of four succeeding albums. For their sixth LP together, the band weaves in and out of all these influences with House’s first single sounding more maximal than anything they’ve produced in the past. 

The second single from the record, which we’re hearing today, takes things down a notch, with the buzzing and carefree “High as a Kite” basking in cool rhythms and a sense of local anonymity. “‘High As A Kite’ is a hazy dream walk down a familiar street,” shares vocalist Adam Olenius. “Tripping on self-doubt, the melancholy joy of being alive, and the threshold of that pub where no one knows your name.”

The track arrives ahead of House’s February 18 release date via Bud Fox Recordings/Integral/PIAS. Watch the lyric video below, which sees Olenius karaoke-ing the tune.


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