Scandi-pop evokes a very particular set of expectations and on their sophomore effort, Drama, Hajk are moving away from the label to explore an array of new sounds.

The easy-listening vibes of ‘Get It Right' recall lazy Sundays in the sun as vocalist Sigrid Aase trills with all the innocence of youth. Her vocals are bubble-gum sweet, almost addictively so on electro pop ‘Dancing like this’, which sees her forget all worries, “let go and not look back.” Optimism permeates down to the sparkly keys and shaky beats; it’s a refreshing change in the pop landscape of our time that is so often dominated by both emotional and political turmoil.

One of the most fully realised tracks on the record is the honeyed ‘Time To Forget’. Perfectly capturing the naivety of young love with slow sticky beats and Preben Saelid Andersen's dulcet depth as he muses, “don't wanna know what you did in the shadows,” the track manages to seep into you. Between the choir, the edgy Close Encounters style synths, and the brassiness of ‘Breathe’ right after, it’s clear Hajk are marketing themselves as pop chameleons and while as a whole the record doesn’t quite crack this, the potential is audible.

Briskly taking in smooth RnB, bombastic pop and sad synth, Hajk competently demonstrate their musical chops. Somehow though it all blurs together into a monochromatic daytime drama. You enjoy it while you're watching, but it doesn't leave you wanting more.

Every aspect of Drama sounds managed, there's a clarity and crispness to the keys on a song like ‘Snow Ball' or the bass line on 'Keep Telling Myself’, but it's as if the rawness, the vulnerability, the fun has been managed out of the equation.