HuDost dance to the rhythm of the Earth in their latest single and video Beat The Drum Harder — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“The single addresses our disconnection from — and harm of — the planet, and our awakening to the needed return,” they say. “It is a joyous and celebratory call for us to open our ears and consciousness to the heartbeat of the Earth that brings us back to the source.”
Written by Montreal artist Moksha Sommer and Bowling Green’s Jemal Wade Hines, the song is from HuDost’s forthcoming album Anthems Of Home, arriving in November. For the accompanying video, HuDost were able to partner with esteemed choreographer Rebecca Steinberg and accomplished videographer Sam Boyette. They worked with the WKU Dance Program & WKU Dance Company and involved almost 20 additional dancers.
“The creation process was challenging as all preparations were done within the restraints of Covid,” HuDost recalls. “Rehearsals were conducted via Zoom, and all preparation was done separately. It was only on the day of filming that everyone came together in-person, freshly vaccinated, and delighted to work. That in-person union was a symbolic mirroring of the greater message of the song and video. Even if we are estranged or isolated from our greater source, the return can and will happen.”
Sommer grew up in the mountains of southern Quebec, where her parents fought for the conservation of Mount Pinnacle (land of the Western Abenakis), which they were fortunate enough to call home. The land was finally protected, and the struggle and fortune of the process taught Sommer a great deal about what it truly means to respect the land and live in alliance with it. HuDost have been committed advocates/activists for ONE for several years, and have learned a great deal about music as a form of advocacy. Beat The Drum Harder reflects that in subtle, but accessible ways. “It is through music that the losses and gains, pains and triumphs, and excruciating beauty of life can be given a voice of empathy,” they say.