What is it?
Abby O’Neill | August 4, 2021
Melbourne alt-soul collective Hiatus Kaiyote tricked out its avant-garde recording studio, The Villa, and lathered it with props: a miniature desk, alien costumes, and loads of furry friends. Frontwoman Nai Palm shared with me the impetus behind the design. “I’m a treasure hunter at heart,” she said, “and the beautiful thing about dressing a set with sentimental artifacts from my house is that I feel super comfy to perform.” Every intricate detail of this Tiny Desk (home) concert evokes feelings of coziness, psychedelia and joyful performance art.
Launching into this brilliant performance with “Sip Into Something Soft,” Hiatus takes us on a sweet and sultry journey through a host of selections from their new album, Mood Valiant. On “Rose Water,” the tightness of the band (comprised of Paul Bender, Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss, and joined by their longtime backing vocalists) is on full display.
Hiatus Kaiyote came onto the scene with their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, back in 2012 and created a groundswell of buzz among global music heads. Since then, they’ve gone on to win varying international awards and were the first Australian group to get nominated in the R&B category at the Grammys for best R&B performance in 2013. This uber-fun and exhilarating set will appease diehards and new fans alike.
“Sip Into Something Soft”
“And We Go Gentle”
“Blood And Marrow”
Nai Palm: vocals, guitar
Paul Bender: bass
Simon Mavin: keys
Perrin Moss: drums, percussion, vibraphone
Alejandro ‘Silentjay’ Abapo: vocals, keys
Laura Christoforidis: vocals
Jace Excell: vocals
Video: Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Nick Mckk, Leah Oborn
Audio: Phil Noy, Haima Marriott
Extras: Marissa Matar, Sam Kuzich (aliens); Daniela Lucchetti, Matt Kelly (birds); Kiki Megumi (mothman)
TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Kara Frame
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Maia Stern, Gabrielle Pierre
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
Their costumes look ridiculous, but the music style was a surprise & the music was a pleasant surprise.
- John Jr