New material from Hiva Oa has been a long time coming. Sometimes, it seems, a period of inactivity is better for a band than one of constant creation. With the release of their EP mk2 (part 1) in September last year, Hiva Oa retain the mystery and ambition of their former incarnations, but inject a heavy thrum to their intricate patchwork style, and turn their attentions to themes of fear, loneliness, abandonment and awakening.
On lead single A Great Height the band continue their controlled experimentation by marrying primal, dizzying electronica and a swelling bass hum, with minimal guitar patterns to create a tightly wound, suffocating and intense atmosphere that sets the tone for the EP.
Hiva Oa have become masters of developing atmospheres proving that, for them, a visit to old pastures has worked wonders.
Their new EP mk2 (part 2) is set for release on 7th April.
‘Hot for 2017’ – Hot Press / State Magazine
‘2017 Ones to Watch’ –State Magazine
‘New Artist of the Week’ – The Irish Times
‘There is something quite solitary about this….it’s one of those records that sounds like it’s just out of reach but at the same time it still like to be loved.’ – Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music)
‘Defies genre…..intense to the point of almost being tribal – Across the Line (BBC Radio Ulster)
‘Still sounding distinctly unique, lead track ‘A Great Height’ was a wonderfully promising return and such expectations are raised even further thanks to the weighty brilliance of new track ‘Seskinore’…..A heavyweight, wonderfully compelling next step’ – GoldFlakePaint
‘Though still a new proposition for many, mk2 (part 1) wholly confirms Hiva Oa as one of the country’s most compelling acts right now’. – The Thin Air