Waking the Skeleton Key (Digital Download & Physical CD Options)

by HuDost

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HuDost's 2010 ‘Waking the Skeleton Key’album contains the first songs written by lead singer Moksha Sommer since she underwent brain surgery to have a tumor removed which impacted her language abilities. Music was her primary tool in regaining what was lost and growing as a musician/lyricist. Both her resilience and the fragility of life come through in these songs. This collection also contains remixes of tracks from their last album ‘Trapeze’, produced by Grammy Winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and was mixed by Grammy Winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus).

"The New Lebanon-based band HuDost has a new 2010 release, “Waking The Skeleton Key,” expanding on the groundwork set by last years “Trapeze,” their previous release produced in Kingston by the renowned Malcolm Burns, which made it into out top 10 regional albums of 2009.

HuDost centers around stunning vocalist Moksha Sommer and partner, the guitarist Jemal Wade Hines. This journey starts of with “Skeleton Key” a whirling dervish of sounds that swirl around until vocalist extraordinaire Sommer swoops in and lands dead center. The circular song then lifts off as layers of guitar fight for attention, but in the end, Sommer pulls focus with her luscious, gorgeous voice.

More exquisite exotic fare follows (favoring one-word titles) from the dreamy “Korea,” the uncommonly warm “Glacier,” the bleak but compelling “Hunger,” the scientific machinery of “Invisible” and inventive “Invention.” All are well thought-out and cleverly produced.

Teeming with gorgeous gifts, HuDost proves it can do it on its own, and that their music needn’t be blatantly commercial to find a home, just be blindingly good. As they say, the radio-ready Sommers could sing the phone book and it would sound good. That “Waking The Skeleton Key” has an underlying spiritual bent is just icing on a multi-layered cake.

Seek out HuDost, you won’t be disappointed, you’ll be anointed."
- David Malachowski

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released October 26, 2010

Produced by Jemal Wade Hines
Mixed & Mastered by Oz Fritz for High Velocity

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HuDost Morgantown, Kentucky

The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and NY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts.

HuDost's music rich, eclectic blending of Pop & Rock with traditional Sufi, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, & Folk.
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