The Truth About Hiatus Kaiyote
One of the cool things about being a music lover is the discovery of new music. You get excited. Anxious even. You do whatever you have to do to make sure that you are in the know of whatever new new comes out, search every single music blog to hear the new releases on Tuesdays for albums or the random leaks throughout the week...it consumes you. It takes over your so much of your time that you don't even realize hours have passed with you sitting in front of the computer getting lost in the search. Its the fun part about being a music lover that never gets boring.
The discovery, for most of us, about Hiatus Kaiyote was much like what I described. The first time you heard those chords play or experienced Nai (the lead voice) sing into the microphone, you got sucked in. It was just that easy. Where they came from, how they got here, the take over, the avid and strong pull they had on your eardrums was beyond you. The idea that a band from Melbourne just showed up and made you fall in love is confusing and intriguing all at the same time. Future soul? What is that? Who says that is a "thing"? Well...they do. And they make it very clear that they are just beginning.
The last year has been amazing for this group. From taking over the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, to leading their first headlining tour around the states, the musicianship and the fanbase continue to grow to new heights. If you didn't catch them the first go 'round in the Spring when they sold out every...single...show...then you are in luck because they are back at it again. The schedule is packed and they are hitting stages across the country. Did I mention they have a new album coming out? You want to talk about eargasmic excellence.
I must say, however, that being a New York resident has its perks. Why? Because Hiatus Kaiyote blessed the city with two shows back to back. Opening for Shuggie Otis and Jose James at Summerstage, and then rocking out one of the best venues in Brooklyn to a sold out crowd at The Knitting Factory the very next day, shame on you if you didn't take advantage of one of these opportunities to experience dopeness in music form. Who doesn't love it when Nai sings or when the band members break out into what seems to be a cool out jam sessions. Every one flexes their skills. Everyone gets a chance to shine. This band isn't one of those where you don't believe the hype. They ARE the hype.
The truth about Hiatus Kaiyote is that they are only leaving small impressions. Give it a few years and this group can easily be on the level of some of the greats. Don't believe me? Just listen.