For those RRR subscribers who braved the sweltering heat for the cool of the Nicholson street performance space last Thursday, were sure treated with a sweet live-to-air show from Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiyote. Introduced by soul connoisseur Chris Gill, the show kicked off with the shuffling beats of The World it Softly Lulls.
Rainbow Rhodes lead into the tight track Nakamara. The harmonies were electric in the small RRR space.The smaller and more active acoustics of the RRR space made magical moments within the set.
Nai Palm and back up singer Laura Christoforidis’s virbrato-rich harmonization on the lyric “sweet” in The World it Softly Lulls is such a epic moment in this track, and tonights rendition was full of pizaz.
Some new unreleased tracks closed up the on air segment to their set. Maybe they’ll be included on a possible album? I’m speculating here but fingers crossed the track Shoalin Monk Motherfunk makes the cut, purely for having a sick-as title.
Also the new track By Fire was promising, with the song working up to a strong mid-section with syncopated beats and Nai’s dexterous vocals.
The set continued off air with Ocelot, a track I missed the name off and, another newby Atari. Simon Mavin on the keys is also worth a mention, dropping the funky chords and swelling smooth runs, so clearly heard in tonights setting.
Hiatus Kaiyote’s debut EP ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ is on their bandcamp page. Its ten bucks; best value in town.
You can listen to Max Headroom’s soul special with Hiatus Kaiyote right here (select November 29th’s show)