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Hiatus Kaiyote

Choose Your Weapon - Deluxe Reissue

    Wrapped in soul, blending poetry and polyrhythms, the music of Hiatus Kaiyote is in a lane all by itself.

    The 18-track, 70-minute odyssey from the Melbourne, Australia-based band takes listeners on a journey through the group's self-created ecosystem, populated with songs each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape. The album is the hotly anticipated follow-up to their celebrated 2013 debut album "Tawk Tomahawk". Fans have already gotten a taste of what's to come on Choose Your Weapon by way of their December 2014 EP, By Fire, which featured three of the album's 18 tracks.

    ""By Fire" is a burial song," says frontwoman Nai Palm, about the personal track. "It discusses the creative and destructive forces of fire and uses this element as a reference point to express about my father passing away in a house fire."


    Side A
    A1. Choose Your Weapon
    A2. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
    A3. Laputa
    A4. Creations Part One
    A5. Borderline With My Atoms

    Side B
    B1. Breathing Underwater
    B2. Cicada
    B3. Swamp Thing
    B4. Fingerprints
    B5. Jekyll

    Side C
    C1. Prince Minikid
    C2. Atari
    C3. By Fire
    C4. Creations Part Two

    Side D
    D1. The Lung
    D2. Only Time All The Time: Making Friends With Studio Owl
    D3. Molasses
    D4. Building A Ladder

    Bonus 7”
    A1. Breathing Underwater (Roman Soto Cello Rework)
    B1. Making Friends With Studio Owl (Club Mix)

    Hiatus Kaiyote

    Mood Valiant

      Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums)

      The new album has been in the making for six years, but that interval reflects more hustle than hiatus. The result is an album that relaxes into a groove: sunlit, sublime, masterful. Behind everything is Hiatus’ familiar sense of musical adventure, their knack for making the complex sound simple.

      The six year journey of the album originally began on the road, as they began to add new material to their live sets in while touring in support of Choose Your Weapon. By the fall of 2018, backing tracks had largely been laid, ready for Nai’s vocals. Then, during a brief swing through the U.S., Hiatus’s frontwoman was diagnosed with breast cancer. “That was a massive scare,” recalls Nai. Her mother’s death from the same disease was never far from her mind. Nai rushed back to Australia and into the hospital, where she underwent a life-saving mastectomy. As Nai recovered, the band turned back to their work with altered perspectives. Her lyrics, even those written before her illness, took on a prescient quality. It wasn't until a trip to Rio de Janeiro in late-2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai on "Get Sun" that the vibe of the entire album shifted.


      Matt says: Staples of the modern funk and soul scene, HK return with, surprisingly, only their third album to date. A hard touring schedule combined with impeccable quality control has restrained (read: distilled) this act into only releasing their most quality of jams. For this we must thank them - presenting their sound as high quality, easy to digest dishes of soul food.


      Side A

      1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
      2. Sip Into Something Soft
      3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
      4. And We Go Gentle
      5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
      6. All The Words We Don’t Say

      Side B
      1. Hush Rattle
      2. Rose Water
      3. Red Room
      4. Sparkle Tape Break Up
      5. Stone Or Lavender
      6. Blood And Marrow


      1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
      2. Sip Into Something Soft
      3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
      4. And We Go Gentle
      5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
      6. All The Words We Don't Say
      7. Hush Rattle
      8. Rose Water
      9. Red Room
      10. Sparkle Tape Break Up
      11. Stone Or Lavender
      12. Blood And Marrow

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