Hiva Oa is a three piece alternative band based in Edinburgh.
Formed in 2010, they consist of Stephen (guitar/vocals), Christian (cello) and Marco (bass). They produce music with a fragile sense of melancholy, buried under a brooding darkness. Guitars, bass, cello, the odd piano and haunting vocals combine to create something unique and intensely evocative. Blending acoustic sounds with more experimental moments that are distinct and immediately compelling. The beauty of Hiva Oa lies in the understated.
The press say:
"Eocatively poignant, nostalgic and steeped in melancholia, this debut is a must for fans of moody male / female vocal and acoustic work that’s not afraid to explore the darker side of life. An interesting and unique debut." - Fluid Radio
"This whitewashed chorus is the sound of inner dissonance, nothing really to do with the external world of instruments or processing. This is a place of quiet disorder, of serotonin failure. It is a relief when the mournful cello joins the slight vocals. Rapturous when the sharp cracks of snare drum part the ether and echoes and unbalance." - The Muse in Music
"Male and female vocals dovetail to a basic backing of guitar, bass and cello. From this starting pad, a more sensurround experience of glockenspiel and martial drums are thrown into a scratchily looped mix that swirls and sways its way into being.... Hiva Oa stick to the shadows, erupting into a rolling thunder before coming to a hush once more." - The List
"Falling somewhere across dream pop, drone and shoegaze, new single Badger perfectly exemplifies what they’re all about." - The Tidal Wave of Indifference
"To hear of them is to experience an adventurous, skewed take on poetic art rock with the resulting languorous melancholy inducing a near hypnotic state." - Bluesbunny Music Reviews