Bambi (Hippo Campus album)

Bambi is the second studio album by American rock band Hippo Campus. The album was released on September 28, 2018 through Grand Jury and Transgressive Records.

Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
StudioElectrical Audio
ProducerB. J. Burton[1]
Hippo Campus chronology
Warm Glow
Demos I
Singles from Bambi
  1. "Passenger"
    Released: June 12, 2018[5]
  2. "Bambi"
    Released: August 22, 2018[6]
  3. "Golden"
    Released: September 26, 2018


The first single for Bambi, "Passenger", was released on June 12, 2018.[7] Lead singer Jake Luppen shared that the album was written in the winter of 2017, four months in the middle of the tour of their debut album, Landmark. Luppen said that the track is focused on the challenges of growing alongside the person you love.[8] Stylistically, Luppen said he tried to challenge himself in orchestrate a more complex chord progression. "I started off with a TR-8 groove and the rest followed pretty naturally.”[7] Natalie Harmsen, writing for Atwood describe Luppen's voice as "airy" and "spacey", yet "clear as a bell".[7] Writing for Vents, R. J. Fromenta, described the track as "serene" and had "deliberate" moments similar to the previous album.[9]

On August 22, the self-titled track, "Bambi", was released as the second single ahead of the album. The track also was accompanied with a music video the same day. According to Luppen, "Bambi" was the last song added to the record, and described the track as "elusive". The song focuses on challenges of being a friend to those around you when your mental health is getting in the way.[6] A week prior to the release of the album, Hippo Campus performed the song live for the first time in Paste Studios.[10]

Track listing

5."Why Even Try"3:38
6."Think It Over"3:03
Total length:33:24

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Line of Best Fit7/10[11]

Oliver Kuscher, writing for The Line of Best Fit described the album as serious but important. Kuscher praised the synths in the album as well as the lyricism. Kuscher said in conclusion that "this is music about the important things: finding steady footing in a shaky world, being confused and unsure and not understanding everything, and knowing that that’s alright. It’s about 'searching for a better something'".[11]


  1. "Hippo Campus talk festival plans and new single 'Bambi'". DIY. August 23, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  2. Norris, John (September 27, 2018). "Hippo Campus on the 'Indie-Alt' Divide, the Sexist 'Chick Band' Trope & Their Adventurous Second Album 'Bambi'". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  3. Weber, Bo (September 28, 2018). "Hippo Campus Release Bon Iver Influenced Album, "Bambi"". Music In Minnesota. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  4. "Hippo Campus have announced their second album with a video for the title track Bambi". Transgressive Records. August 23, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  5. "Hippo Campus share new single 'Passenger'". Indie Is Not A Genre. Medium. June 12, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  6. Howard, Lindsay (August 23, 2018). "Hippo Campus shares 'Bambi,' the title track of their upcoming album". Variance. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. Harmsen, Natalie (June 12, 2018). "Hippo Campus Take An Emotional Journey On "Passenger"". Atwood. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  8. Priest, Rachel (June 13, 2018). "Hippo Campus releases single "Passenger" and fall tour dates". The Red & Black. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  9. Fromenta, R. J. (June 12, 2018). "Hippo Campus Release New Song 'Passenger', Announce US Fall Tour With The Districts". Vents. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  10. Staff article (September 18, 2018). "Hippo Campus - Bambi: Paste Studios". Paste. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  11. Kuscher, Oliver (September 29, 2018). "Hippo Campus focus on the serious things on their sophomore album". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
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