2015 was the band’s most successful year so far, seeing them earn a second Grammy nomination and universal acclaim for their second album, Choose Your Weapon. Hyperactive in their rapid-fire moves between musical textures and styles, Hiatus Kaiyote layer guitars, keyboard, drums and smooth jazz bass lines around Nai Palm’s effortlessly alluring vocals, constructing powerful grooves which burst into life before being ripped out, transformed and thrown back into the mix. Disarmingly breaking from what has gone before - even when they themselves created it - the band never fall into the trap of predefined structures, inventively stringing together incongruous sections with barely discernible threads, somehow managing to make changes in form whilst sustaining the identity that each piece is so confident in portraying.
Such ambitiously constructed pieces are a formidable monster to wrestle with live, but the band have gone from strength to strength here too, incredible performances having cast aside any worries regarding their compatibility with a live setting. Perfectly precise despite revelling in the unpredictability of their music, Hiatus Kaiyote are pioneers of a retro yet unprecedented sound, seemingly familiar and yet as far from repetition as even the most freeform jazz. Supported by another captivating Aussie voice in Jordan Rakei, their show will explain why hyperbolic statements of grandeur should be saved solely for occasions like these.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Hiatus Kaiyote