Hiatus Kaiyote
Tawk Tomahawk


4.0
excellent

Review

by zethmal USER (1 Reviews)
November 14th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I will follow you into the sunrise under desert skies"

Hiatus Kaiyote is one of those hidden gems that, upon first listen, feel like a band you and everyone else should already know and love. But for reasons unknown, the Australian quartet has remained relatively obscure, spending the past two years carving out a humble but cozy niche for itself in the underground scene of the band’s home continent.

Their 2012 debut LP Tawk Tomahawk seamlessly blends earth-shaking soul, hip-hop sensibilities, and the warm flow and glow of smooth jazz into thirty minutes of the most organic music I’ve heard in a long time. Though not revolutionary in any sense of the word (in fact much of their music can be attributed to very obvious influences), HK are able to pull off this eclectic mix of genres without ever sounding forced. Nai Palm, the singer and proud owner of some of the strongest pipes this side of the Pacific, never hesitates to assume her rightful place at the fore of the musical front while being equally comfortable taking a backseat to the music when appropriate. This sidesteps the potential catastrophe of the frontman overwhelming the band and allows the listener to explore the twists and turns of Kaiyote’s meticulously layered instrumental soundscape undistracted.

And the instrumentals really are quite nice; Hiatus Kaiyote are masters of laying down a consistent groove but aren’t afraid to experiment either; you can hear them throwing in dissonant chords that resolve into cascades of melody, or laying an edgy hip-hop beat over lounge piano. “Malika” is a great example of HK’s unique style, a well-executed number that peppers layers of electronic effects over a solid polyrhythmic groove, complementing Palm’s vocals to great effect. These moments are what really separate Hiatus Kaiyote from being just another generic poppy soul band, but coming from such obvious talent, I can’t help feeling like they played it just a little too safe on their debut album. Tawk Tomahawk also contains quite a bit of short filler songs. Though not particularly bothersome, they feel more like afterthoughts than completed compositions. These are minor concerns though, and don’t really diminish the overall quality of the album.

Hiatus Kaiyote have come together to create some very interesting music here. Tawk Tomahawk is a quite solid first album that, though not without its faults, may simply be a new band testing the waters for the first time. Frankly, I’m excited to see how this HK evolves, and will most certainly be picking up their next album.

Recommended tracks: Anything 2 minutes and over
Final score: 4/5


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ethos
November 14th 2013


1895 Comments


sounds sick, thanks for the review

Gwyn.
November 14th 2013


17173 Comments


earth-shaking soul, hip-hop sensibilities, and the warm flow and glow of smooth jazz


Fucking sign me in

LifeAsAChipmunk
November 14th 2013


4853 Comments


[3] hard

greg84
Emeritus
November 14th 2013


7606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally a review for this. Great album.



Cool review as well.

Digging: Lo-Pan - Subtle

Gyromania
February 5th 2014


27186 Comments


going to check this out today

Gyromania
February 5th 2014


27186 Comments


my download is only 31 mb. that seems wrong. how short is this thing?

greg84
Emeritus
February 5th 2014


7606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairly short. A lot of interludes.

osmark86
February 19th 2014


8948 Comments


well the opening tune Mobius Streak is a real tune of trve proportions. sounds promising so far.

Digging: Polynation - Igneous

Piglet
February 19th 2014


7843 Comments


oh okay someone reviewed this yeah it's a great album

for some reason my version of nakamarra (the best song on this album) sounds tinny as hell does anyone else have the same thing??

osmark86
February 19th 2014


8948 Comments


dunno what you mean by tinny, but it sounds fine to me (listening to it right now).

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 28th 2014


43137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

all the girls with the coolest style are lesbians. lucky fucking hannah...



Nakamarra is a fantastic song

Relinquished
January 24th 2015


39908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loving the cinematic orchestra/flylo mixture of this

Cygnatti
May 16th 2015


32791 Comments


i was told this was significantly less accessible ^^^

Ryus
October 17th 2015


17456 Comments


honey don't ya know

CusmanX1
November 23rd 2015


375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Choose Your Weapon is simply the improved version. Love this anyway.

Ryus
November 23rd 2015


17456 Comments


nakamarra is the greatest song of all time though

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 23rd 2015


43137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not rly but its great

Ryus
November 23rd 2015


17456 Comments


obv not actually





its like by far my favorite by them though

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 23rd 2015


43137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

deffs not mine but ive over listened to it



was the first song i heard by them

CusmanX1
November 24th 2015


375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's my favourite too





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