Hiatus Kaiyote

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Hiatus Kaiyote
Hiatus Kaiyote performing in 2013
Hiatus Kaiyote performing in 2013 (L-R: Simon Mavin, Perrin Moss, Nai Palm, Paul Bender)
Background information
Also known asHK
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresNeo soul, future soul, jazz-funk, blue-eyed soul
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsFlying Buddha, Sony Masterworks, Brainfeeder
Associated actsThe Bamboos, Clever Austin, Swooping, The Sweet Enoughs, The Putbacks, Nai Palm
Websitehttp://hiatuskaiyote.com
Members
  • Nai Palm
  • Paul Bender
  • Perrin Moss
  • Simon Mavin

Hiatus Kaiyote (/hˈtəs kˈjti/) is an Australian jazz/funk band formed in Melbourne in 2011,[1] made up of singer/guitarist Nai Palm, bassist Paul Bender, keyboardist Simon Mavin, and drummer Perrin Moss.[2][3]

History[edit]

2011–2013: Formation and Tawk Tomahawk[edit]

In 2010, Nai Palm (born Naomi Saalfield) performed a solo show in Melbourne that was witnessed by Paul Bender. After the show, Bender approached Palm and suggested a collaboration. After working as a duo for a short time, they recruited Perrin Moss and Simon Mavin in 2011 and formed Hiatus Kaiyote.[4] Mavin was then a member of The Bamboos but left that band to focus on Hiatus Kaiyote.

Hiatus Kaiyote played their first gig at the 2011 Bohemian Masquerade Ball among sword swallowers, fire twirlers, and gypsy death core bands.[5] In February 2012, the band opened for Taylor McFerrin in Melbourne. McFerrin was so impressed with them that he introduced their music to influential broadcaster and record label owner DJ Gilles Peterson.[6]

The band released their debut album Tawk Tomahawk independently in April 2012. It was noticed by numerous musicians including Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors,[7] and the band later received public endorsements from Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Prince, who urged their social media followers to explore the band's music.[8] In early 2013, Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artists of the Year at his Worldwide Music Awards in London,[6] and shortly thereafter they were introduced to Salaam Remi who had just started working as an A&R executive at Sony Music. Sony gave Remi the opportunity to start his own label, Flying Buddha, and his first signing was Hiatus Kaiyote. The band licensed Tawk Tomahawk to the label, adding an updated version of the song "Nakamarra" featuring Q-Tip. Following this release, the band toured internationally, and in 2014 were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for "Nakamarra."[9] They were the first Australian act to be nominated for a Grammy in an R&B category.[10]

2014–2016: Choose Your Weapon[edit]

Every song we make is a little world and contains a multitude of influences. Although some may refer to our songs as R&B in one moment, and electronica or proggy-tropicalia in another, we don't think about sounds in terms of genres, but look at them more from a cinematic way. We’re always trying to get to that moment where people are overwhelmed in joy, in confusion, in sadness, or in the magnitude of emotion or disbelief – as well as sometimes feeling all of these simultaneously. We like to call this "wondercore", and that's what we’re always aiming for as a group.

– Hiatus Kaiyote in Music Business Worldwide[11]

In 2014, the band began working on their second album, Choose Your Weapon, which was released on 1 May 2015. The review aggregator Metacritic gave the album a normalized rating of 88 out of 100, based on 6 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[12] On 9 May 2015, Choose Your Weapon debuted at number 22 on the Australian albums chart.[13] Nai Palm described the album as an "extension" of their debut, and stated that she and the band had no intention to make a one-genre body of work. Many of the songs on the album started with Saalfield's original ideas and were later fleshed out by the band collectively. During the recording the band wanted to pay tribute to the mixtape format, so they incorporated interludes.[14]

Choose Your Weapon became the band's first release to chart in the US, reaching #127 on the Billboard 200,[15] and #11 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[16] The song "Breathing Underwater" from the album was nominated for a Best R&B Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.[17]

Starting in 2016, prominent rap and R&B artists began sampling Hiatus Kaiyote songs, starting with Anderson .Paak's sample of "Molasses" in "Without You" on his album Malibu. The following year, Kendrick Lamar sampled "Atari" in "Duckworth" from his album Damn, and Drake sampled "Building a Ladder" on the song "Free Smoke" from his playlist More Life.[18][19] In 2018, Beyonce and Jay-Z sampled "The World It Softly Lulls" in "713" from their album Everything Is Love.[20]

2017-2021: Side projects and Mood Valiant[edit]

In 2017, Nai Palm released her debut solo album Needle Paw.[21] In June 2018, Palm was featured on Scorpion by Drake, who has spoken highly of both her and the band. She sang a cover of "More Than a Woman" by Aaliyah, which appears at the end of Drake's song "Is There More?".[19][22] On 18 October 2018, Palm revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.[23] While recuperating in the hospital following a mastectomy, Palm and Bender performed a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "The Makings of You" which was released online.[24] Palm announced in 2019 that she was cancer-free.[25]

During Palm's recovery period, the other members of Hiatus Kaiyote formed several side projects. Perrin Moss, under the name Clever Austin, released the solo album Pareidolia in 2019.[26] Simon Mavin formed a band called The Putbacks,[27] and produced the album Control by Natalie Slade in 2020.[28] Paul Bender formed an act called The Sweet Enoughs and released the album Marshmallow in 2020.[29] Bender has also produced albums for Jaala,[30] Vulture St. Tape Gang,[31] and Laneous.[32] Bender, Mavin, and Moss also released an all-instrumental album called Improvised Music 2015-17 in 2020, under the name Swooping (formerly Swooping Duck).[33]

Hiatus Kaiyote reconvened in 2020 and signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.[11] They began work on a new album inspired by Palm's health crisis and her loss of a beloved pet, as well as the social difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[34] The song "Get Sun" was arranged and conducted by Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai.[35] The album Mood Valiant was released on 25 June 2021,[36] and reached the Top Ten on the Australian albums chart.[37]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[38]
UK
[39]
US
[40]
Tawk Tomahawk
  • Released: 1 April 2012
  • Label: Flying Buddha
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP
Choose Your Weapon
  • Released: 1 May 2015
  • Label: Flying Buddha, Sony
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP, streaming
22 127
Mood Valiant
  • Released: 25 June 2021[41]
  • Label: Brainfeeder
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, streaming, LP
4
[37]
54 103

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with release date and label shown
Title Details
Live in Revolt
  • Released: 18 October 2013
  • Label: Pineapple Spaceship Pty Ltd
  • Formats: Digital download
Recalibrations Vol.1
  • Released: 15 April 2016[42]
  • Label: Flying Buddha, Sony
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP

Music videos[edit]

  • "Jekyll" (2012)
  • "Lace Skull" (2013)
  • "Nakamarra" (2013)
  • "Breathing Underwater" (2015)
  • "Red Room" (2021)
  • "Get Sun" (2021)

Prominent samples[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
ARIA Music Awards of 2015 Choose Your Weapon ARIA Award for Best Urban Album Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognise achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Nakamarra" featuring Q-Tip Best R&B Performance Nominated
2016 "Breathing Underwater" Best R&B Performance Nominated

J Awards[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2015[43] Hiatus Kaiyote Double J Artist of the Year Nominated

Music Victoria Awards[edit]

The Music Victoria Awards, are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music. They commenced in 2005.[44][45]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Music Victoria Awards of 2013 Hiatus Kaiyote Best Emerging Artist Won
Tawk Tomahawk Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B and Gospel Album Nominated

National Live Music Awards[edit]

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2016[46] Hiatus Kaiyote Live R&B or Soul Act of the Year Nominated
National Live Music Awards of 2017[47][48] Hiatus Kaiyote Live R&B or Soul Act of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

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