Hiatus Kaiyote is the sound of serendipity. Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. On the band’s debut album Tawk Tomahawk it’s as if the vast desert landscape has opened up, borrowing ingredients from far-reaching lands to concoct a distinctive flavor that is the essence of all its parts. Each song whispers of delicious, ancient stories untold.
At the core of their sound is an untethered quality that links them to the wide-open landscape of Australia. “I feel a strong bond to where we’re from,” says Bender. “Everything happened the way it was, because that’s where we were, that’s where we’re from and that’s who we are in the environment.” The song "Nakamarra" is a direct ode to their Australian identity, taking its name from an indigenous skin name and referencing the majestic red earth that Nai Palm roamed as a child. Nai Palm has been known to sing death lullabies to soothe suffering animals, a shamanistic quality that carries over into her lyrics. “Nakamarra sweet red earth will hold you like the strength you bless to me true we engage humility/ watch me struggle with your words however truthful they may be we'll see in time/opening our hearts and nurturing our minds to shine.” Q-Tip lends his voice for collaborative verse on the track that is featured exclusively on the re-released album.
Catch Hiatus Kaiyote at one of their upcoming shows!
July 24 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno July 25 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
July 26 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
July 27 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
July 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
July 31 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
August 1 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
August 3* - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 4* - Detroit, MI - Chene Park Amphitheatre
August 6 - Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room
August 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
August 11** - New York, NY - Giant Step's Central Park Summerstage | More Info
August 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
August 14 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
August 15 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
August 17 - Miami, FL - Blackbird Ordinary
* Denotes date with Erykah Badu and D’Angelo
** Denotes date with Jose James and Shuggie Otis
Watch the official video for a track off the album, "Lace Skull."
Watch Hiatus Kaiyote preform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."