She made us hold our breath for a year, but it’s been worth it! With her new double A-side single Exhale, Hoda has marked her ground as a unique and versatile songwriter with an unmistakably distinctive sound. Raunchy feedback guitars, crisp bass lines and snare-driven drums respond to Hoda’s seductive instructions, tightly lifting together into the track’s climactic choruses.
How’s this sound for a cocktail? Pour one Polly Harvey cup of Persian mystical wine, add a dash of Patti Smith, mix with Pixies and garnish with a sprinkle of Karen O. Or put another way…Hoda
Tehran-born and London-bred, Hoda’s diverse background is matched only by the diversity of her musical influences from Joni Mitchell to Nick Cave; Stone Roses to QOTSA, with a twist of Siouxie Sioux. When asked how she describes her music, she replied, “Some call it ‘Post-Folk’… We call it Rock.”
Her self-produced debut EP Arrivals (2011) saw Hoda crack out of her shell to explore a range of musical possibilities. A year on, she self-released the single “Raging Waves” securing her airtime on BBC TV and radio and a standing ovation at London’s legendary 100 Club.
“A great song” Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s/ Nick Cave)
“Passionate, raw.” (Faranak Amidi, BBC)
“Hoda is definitely one to watch” (Fink)
With Exhale Hoda has officially crashed the party. She might just be Britain’s answer to the string of whiney one-hit electro-folk acts and a heeled kick-in-the-face of corporate rock. A songwriter of substance, a real woman and a visceral performer, Hoda’s music, much like herself, stands fiercely on the edge of the rocky cliff, offering us the power of authenticity, no matter which way the wind blows.
HODA’s 2nd EP is due for release later this year followed by a UK & European tour.