HuDost serve up cozy comfort with their welcoming new album Anthems Of Home — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The expansive and lush 11-song release — highlighted by the newest single and video Home is Bigger Than Us — sets out to “ask important questions,” the award-winning duo of Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines say. Celebrating authentic love in its many forms, the song shares the story of how much more beautiful we are when our love is combined — “When the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.”
“This song is an expression of real love,” HuDost reveal. “Not false love, not ‘perfect’ love, but genuine intimacy. Families now exist in many formations: Small and large, related genetically and not genetically, strange and complex, wonderful and confusing, straight and LGBTQ … But always comprised of love. Home is the physical manifestation of that which holds families together, and what we always return to.”
The sentiment is near and dear for Moksha, who is from Montreal, and Jemal, who is from Kentucky; together, the two have toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe since 2006. Finding home in each other, the two have grown as artists, as a couple, and as a family; with the birth of their son in 2013, they’ve found even more passion to drive their music career.
Working closely with Dan Haseltine and Jars Of Clay, the duo crafted Rise Together in 2018. From there, HuDost found their most recent album, Of Water + Mercy, reaching No. 24 on the Billboard Sales Charts for Folk/Americana, and winning an Independent Music Award for Social Action Song. The duo have also had the pleasure of working alongside decorated producers such as Vance Powell and Malcom Burn.
The passion that drives HuDost soars to new heights with their newest album. Well-known for weaving their traditional folk-world sound through lyrics drawn from real-life experiences and their genuine concern for the world, the pair set out a comforting and warm welcome mat with Anthems Of Home.
With Moksha on vocals, harmonium, and piano, and Jemal on guitar, vocals, and production, Home Is Bigger Than Us also features Matt Nelson (Jars of Clay) on cello and Dan Walters on bass. It was mixed by Oz Fritz, mastered by Bernie Becker, and the video was filmed by Craig Hill, with direction by Moksha and editing by Jemal.