Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon - 2015 Neo Soul Downtempo 180 Grm 2LP
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
Label: Music On Vinyl MOVLP1422, Flying Buddha
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gram
Includes download card
Second pressing on black vinyl
Released: 25 May 2015
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style: Neo Soul, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock
A1 Choose Your Weapon 1:33
A2 Shaolin Monk Motherfunk 5:50
A3 Laputa 2:25
A4 Creations Part One 0:49
A5 Borderline With My Atoms 6:01
B1 Breathing Underwater 5:44
B2 Cicada 0:37
B3 Swamp Thing 4:59
B4 Fingerprints 4:16
B5 Jekyll 5:33
C1 Prince Minikid 2:49
C2 Atari 6:08
C3 By Fire 5:03
C4 Creations Part Two 1:01
D1 The Lung 4:53
D2 Only Time All the Time: Making Friends with Studio Owl 1:02
D3 Molasses 4:49
D4 Building a Ladder 5:42
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Hiatus Kaiyote, the Grammy-nominated four-piece band, returns in 2015 with Choose Your Weapon. The 18-track, 70-minute odyssey from the Melbourne, Australia-based band takes listeners on a journey through the group's self-created ecosystem, populated with songs each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape. The album is the hotly anticipated follow-up to their celebrated 2013 debut album Tawk Tomahawk, which was championed by media and fellow artists including Questlove, Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Prince, among others.
Choose Your Weapon was conceived on stages worldwide, whereas Tawk Tomahawk was born in the studio with musicians who were just getting to know each other as bandmates and newly formed family. Taking this new framework, the band - Nai Palm (vocals/guitar), Paul Bender (bass), Perrin Moss (drums/percussion) and Simon Mavin (keyboards) - honed the Choose Your Weapon songs in the studio, transforming them into exquisite pieces of music, pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone.
When its opening chords hit, By Fire is sure bring on a rush of joyful familiarity. Serious Hiatus Kaiyote fans will already know it well from a certain 3 track EP, and after 12 idea-packed tracks its easy to feel a little lost inside Choose Your Weapon at this point. By Fire is an uptempo return home. Moss pushes and pulls the tempo at will, and Palms doubled vocal become a new instrument unto itself.
The weird orchestral spirit of Thundercat seems to looms over Prince Minikid as it pairs fluttery tremolo with twisting jazz counterpoint (somewhere the bassist is probably nodding along to this one as he dusts his collection of Dragonball Z toys). Abundant in vibe, a spooky cut done just right, Minikid is essentially an on your marks for what comes next.
. Choose Your Weapon
With its THX-inspired aural bloom, the records title track is the sound of an adventure booting up. As a childs toy declares The Kaiyotes goes , out of the drift a gritty beat arrivesa jostling knock the likes of which have by now become the bands signature cry. Video game start screen voices add to the virtualness of it all. We are about to dash off into something wild.
Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
Choose Your Weapons first proper track opens from far-off but quickly turns hyper-present and as lead singer Nai Palm invites us in, singing of clasped palms as we drop into the music. Shaolin opens like the Hiatus Kaiyote take on vintage jazzPaul Benders walking bassline punched by drummer Perrin Mosss old-school swing, which hes cut and pasted off the ride cymbal and onto his snare and hi-hat. By the time the band leans back into a lush Afropop groove, CYWs nature is already clear: this is an album thats flooded with ideas. It eagerly swaps from one to the next, assigning the listener a sonic endurance test. While the songs on Tawk Tomahawk tended to peak and then gently drift away, Choose Your Weapon is much more restless; Shaolin Monk Motherfunk curls back upon itself, Palms gorgeous vocals leading the way, until a fiending synth riff caps it all off. A six minute gauntlet, its the first (and only) warning shot allowed. Weapons prog is strong and its here to stay.
A moment of bliss. As Simon Mavins synthesizer paints huge pastel waves, Palm longs for someonean artisan dreamer who can lead her farther down the path. Laputa is essentially a mood exercise, bringing to mind blooming forests and glittering stars as it gracefully swirls in and out of view. Palms lyrics add to the effect as she croons out a roster of hazy nouns, the best being Miyazaki frontier. Choose Your Weaponand Laputa especiallynails the sort of odd wonder that underlines much of Japanese anime and makes floating castles in the sky seem perfectly natural.
Here, its important to pause and take stock. With Shaolin Monk Motherfunk and Laputa, Hiatus Kaiyote have demonstrated their new LPs yin and yang: knotty and restless prog-grooving balanced out by slow easy drifts. Choose Your Weapon motors at these two main speeds and while its a gorgeous ride its also easy to feel lost. It will take numerous listens for all these sections and interludes to fully download into our memory banks; for now, keep plugged in and keep pressing on.
Creations Part One
On whats essentially an extended intro to Borderline With My Atoms, Hiatus Kaiyote make it obvious theyve been listening to Flying Lotus.
Things quickly come back into focus as Palms guitar, brighter and stronger than anything heard on Tawk Tomahawk, leads the way in. The band flips itself playfully over and over again, but always returns to a central groove that serves as reference. When the track premiered this spring, Palm underlined her mention of the Jerhico rose, a plant that can lay dormant a century of drought and then flower at the first hint of rain. Breathing Underwater is a song of overpowering loveI could breathe you underwaterscrawled across a morphing parchment. Its also a tribute to my musical hero Stevie Wonder, Palm said.
Many notes pulse like Tokyos LEDs and we get the feel of engines boosting, of actual weapons been locked and loaded. On Atari, Hiatus Kaiyote shifts from Final Fantasy verses to Sonic the Hedghog choruses engineered by Mosss slunk drum-n-bass beat. Atari has found a way to bottle the joy of hitting the Boost Button from old 16-bit days gone by. This is just pure musical exuberancea band chasing their fun while we all reap the rewards.
Excellent follow-up to a fantastic debut. In a lot of ways, this one is a bit more accessible, but without losing an ounce of that truly original sound that first caught my attention. That soulful, funky, jazzy, off-the-wall vibe is all over this thing, and its incredible from start to finish. Everything is there, and if I may add, its especially incredible through a good set of headphones
Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. On the band's debut album Tawk Tomahawk it's as if the vast desert landscape has opened up, borrowing ingredients from far-reaching lands to concoct a distinctive flavor that is the essence of all its parts. Each song whispers of delicious, ancient stories untold.
The four band members suggest that it was fate that brought them together through a series of coincidences in their native Melbourne, Australia. Singer songwriter Nai Palm was the gravitational force that crystallized the vision for Hiatus Kaiyote's brand of future soul. "I always knew I wanted to be in a band, but I never knew it could be my own conversation," she says. Her performance with a pink nylon-stringed guitar at a small Melbourne club inspired bass player Paul Bender to seek her out. One year later, the two began to collaborate on compositions that felt intuitive. Bender brought multi-instrumentalists Perrin Moss and keyboardist Simon Mavin into the equation and the electric, organic nature of Hiatus Kaiyote was set in motion. By chance, two of the four musicians shared a flat and the others lived nearby. From their first session, the band members shared a sort of telepathic connection.
Hiatus Kaiyote played their first gig at the Bohemian Masquerade Ball among sword swallowers, fire twirlers and gypsy death core bands a setting that suited their eclectic nature. Nai Palm had actually worked as fire dancer in Melbourne before she focused on music. The musician Taylor McFerrin came across Hiatus Kaiyote on tour in Australia, and soon the word spread like wildfire. "Everyone who has come in contact with it has promoted it," says Nai Palm. "Questlove and Erykah Badu have gone out of their way to promote the band. There's been so much support from the community of musicians locally and internationally. As a musician that's what it's about." Stereogum singled out Hiatus Kaiyote as a "Band to Watch." Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artist of 2013. Hiatus Kaiyote first released Tawk Tomahawk on their own last year and are now re-issuing the album on the Sony Masterworks' imprint Flying Buddha.
Hiatus Kaiyote has a style that can't be easily pinpointed. Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Tupac Shakur, Flying Lotus, traditional flamenco and music from Mali and Colombia have influenced the group. "You're eradicating labels of barriers," says Nai Palm. "The words are important, but the way they're shaped makes them malleable for the listener to absorb. How you proceed involves a larger activity and I love that."
At the core of their sound is an untethered quality that links them to the wide-open landscape of Australia. "I feel a strong bond to where we're from," says Bender. "Everything happened the way it was, because that's where we were, that's where we're from and that's who we are in the environment."
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