Hiatus Kaiyote(Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY) Map it $30
In little under two years, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has gained legions of fans from all over the world including highly-respected artists like Questlove, Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu, plus tastemakers and audiophiles like London-based DJ Gilles Peterson, Stereogum and KCRW. The band attracts such a diverse following because the music doesn’t fit within the boundaries of a single genre. Each track is like a key ingredient in the listening experience that adds to a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul.
The band’s debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, was released on July 30th imprint Flying Buddha (iTunes / SoundCloud). It includes the track “Nakamarra” featuring hip-hop icon Q-Tip. “Music has always been medication to us,” lead singer Nai Palm explains. “It’s a force for self-healing that we’re ready to share with the world.” Through a musical symbiosis, the band has created its own lane and Tawk Tomahawk showcases the breadth of their talent and love for music lyric by lyric, beat by beat.