This Tuesday I had to reach deep into the bag of tricks to pull out a band I had never come across before. Today I present to you Hiatus Kaiyote, a four-piece indie rock group from Australia that has quite a unique sound. They’ve taken some smooth jazz and soul tunes and given them a modern twist with rock and hip-hop influence and pieced them all together as a big musical puzzle.
Tawk Tomahawk is the groups debut album being officially released today although they actually put it out as a self-release last year. However under new record label Flying Buddha (a Sony-distributed sub-label) it has been re-released and is beginning to make some waves. Frontwoman and singer/songwriter Nai Palm‘s vocals are a huge draw and they go strangely well with the mostly obscure time signatures in each track. It’s soul vocals over jazz music with interesting hip-hop beats including dreamy instrumentals – but at the same time there’s just a couple really smooth “regular” tracks mixed in too. One of those is probably my favorite from the album and is called “Nakamarra,” which has to be the least complicated song you’ll hear on this release but still so good.
Check out the video for “Nakamarra” below and then head to their website HERE to pick up the full album!