New Track: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” ft. Q-Tip

 

Pretty exciting news that the much loved Hiatus Kaiyote will be re-releasing their Tawk Tomahawk debut on July 16 with Sony. To go along with the release is a new version of “Nakamarra” featuring none other than Q-Tip, who simply compounds the flavor on one of our favorite Hiatus songs.

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Exclusive Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Talks US Debut + 3/22 NYC Show @ LPR

 

We caught up with Hiatus Kaiyote just before their NYC debut tomorrow at LPR. Get to know where they came from, where they’re going, and what they’d fit in their pockets from Australia to bring to us if they could. Details on the March 22 show on our event page.

Giant Step: We are too excited for your performance on the 22nd. How does it feel to be amidst your US debut?

Hiatus Kaiyote: The response we have had so far in the US has totally blown us away. To come all the way across the other side of the world and to receive so much love and support for what you do is mindblowing. Especially when we are so early in our journey as a band. So far, Austin, DC and Chicago have been very very good to us.

GS: You’ve got some heavy hitters swooning over you. What was it like when you found out you’d won Erykah and Questlove’s favor?

HK: It was pretty ridiculous. It totally goes without saying that we have absolute mountains of respect for both those artists. It’s an incredible honor to be supported by musicians who have such an impact on the way we play and what we create. It’s also daunting and overwhelming at times to process that kind of thing. I mean, we are very critical of what we do, which is an important part of developing artistically, but I know none of us feel like we are on that level. It’s been a fast two years since we’ve been together, and there is so far for us to go before we reach that height of artistry. But we’ll keep doing what we do and hope that others will join us on our sonic endeavors, even if we are raw as fuck occasionally.

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New Release: Hiatus Kaiyote – ‘Tawk Takeout’ Compilation + Download

 

One of our favorite new bands, Hiatus Kaiyote, is steady picking up steam and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to their gaining popularity and cosigns ranging from Questlove to Gilles Peterson and Mark de Clive-Lowe, some admiring colleagues pitched in their skills for a remix compilation to Tawk Tomahawk. The new project, Tawk Takeout, takes the already dissonant and welcomingly busy sound to a whole new level of textures and clashes that compel you further into the depths of the Hiatus’ uncanny sonic brilliance.

Tawk Takeout includes remixes by Anthony Valadez, Shafiq Husayn, and Mark de Clive-Lowe as well as a vocal appearance by Miles Bonny. Stream and download for free below.

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Video Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” (Acoustic) + Exclusive Interview

 

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Ever since Hiatus Kaitoye released their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, we’ve been playing it nonstop. The soulful love song “Nakamarra” was an instant favorite, so it’s fitting that the Melbourne-based band decided to make it a single. They shot this video for the acoustic version while road tripping through the desert in Australia. We are excited to premiere the video here, and give you a few more reasons to keep Hiatus Kaitoye on your radar.

The below exclusive interview was conducted by Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton.

Giant Step: How many members are there in Hiatus Kaiyote and how did you come together to form a group?

Hiatus Kaiyote: Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Nai Palm on guitar and vocals, Simon Mavin on the keys, Perrin Moss is our drummer and Paul Bender is the bassist. We also have three backing vocalists named Jay Jay, Laura and Jace. Our formation was quite organic. Bender saw Nai play a small gig and knew immediately he had to work with her. Perrin met Nai independently and also wanted to work with her. Everyone ended up in a room one day and started jamming. Bender knew Simon quite well and asked him to be involved. They then worked transcribing Nai’s original songs and began writing together as a quartet.

GS: What was the inspiration behind your debut, Tawk Tomahawk?

HK: We were working and really vibing off of each other. Each member’s input and individual influences really shines through on the EP. We’d never heard our stuff recorded before, so it was a really inspiring process just finding out what we actually sounded like.

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Video: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra”

 

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“Nakamarra” is undoubtedly one of our favorite tracks off of Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote’s debut project, Tawk Tomahawk. The song speaks about building bonds with our chosen family, the kind that remain strong even after long periods of physical separation. The group traveled 5000 kilometers back to the original location in Alice Springs where lead singer Nai Palm was initially inspired to write the song. Hiatus Kaiyote details their journey:

“We walked through red and yellow deserts, swam in freezing waterholes, slept in abandoned mine shafts, wrote off our hire van after hitting a kangaroo, camped under thousands of stars, salvaged eagle feathers, saw emus, dingos, ate camel burgers, made music and bonded all while making our very first film clip.”

Here’s to love. Enjoy the colors.

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