The Unique Sounds of Hiatus Kaiyote Hits Apogee Studios

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Hiatus Kaiyote came blaring into last night’s Apogee Studios with fierce energy and artistry packed with a musical punch. The Melbourne band performed songs from their sophomore release Choose Your Weapon, which included an encore performance of their Grammy-nominated single “Nakamarra.”

All photos by Jeremiah Garcia
All photos by Jeremiah Garcia

Watching this band switch up tempos and time signatures, it’s clear each one of the members is a master of their craft. I purposely positioned myself in the front to watch their eye contact during their performance – It was almost like watching friends complete each other’s sentence. Nai Palm (vocalist) shines with her voice, which channels so many different spirits and energies while she plucks the guitar.

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As they shared stories with KCRW’s host for the evening, DJ Aaron Byrd, it was intriguing to hear how much nature has influenced their songwriting. Nai told a story in which an owl inspired one of the interludes on the album. Paul Bender (bassist) proceeded to record a moment between the owl making noises and Nai playing along in tune with the hooting. Nai also spoke of a moment when filming a video in an Australian desert, where she had an encounter with a hawk she dreamt of the night prior. She began to sing to it as it hovered above. It is evident that nature, the desert and environment is a key driver of their sound.

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Watching this band is a breath of fresh air. As musicians, they challenge you to switch up what is normal and instead embrace the funk mixed elements of jazz, soul and R&B. Watching Hiatus Kaiyote it is evident they will continue to push new ideas and sounds that are unlike anything today through their unique artistry.

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