Prior to the release of their EP mk2 (part 1), core members Stephen Houlihan and Christine Tubridy departed Edinburgh, returning to their native Ireland seeking renewed inspiration. On new EP mk 2 (part 2), released in April 2017, 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.
Hiva Oa is: Stephen Houlihan | Christine Tubridy – with Matthew Collings | Daithi McNabb | Chris McCorry