Label: Grand Jury 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. 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. The instrumentals in no way take a back seat to the vocals, however. Landmark manages to be jam-packed with atmosphere and imagery without also being too overwhelming. Listening to it is certainly a journey, but it is a relaxing and stimulating one. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself giving this album a go while staring out the window of a moving car.