Last weekend, I headed down to Santa Barbara to meet Lauren and go up in to the Ojai mountains for our camping trip. Most people would drive, but as a stingy traveller with no car i chose to ride-share (I swear this story is going somewhere, hold on). So crammed in to a strangers van with 5 SC University students, for a 4 hour drive along Highway 101, my thoughts were somewhere along the lines of "This could be either really fun or really awful". Luckily, I had some good company for the journey and quickly got on to discussing Australian music with one of the guys. Tame Impala, one of Aus's biggest exports at the moment, was an obvious point of conversation but when he asked me if I'd heard of Hiatus Kaiyote, I had to admit I drew a blank. Here I was, sitting in a van somewhere on the Californian coast being told about a band from my own country by an American university student! Damn.
My pride aside, I am really happy to have been introduced to this Melbourne-based 'future soul' four piece. Their sound is definitely unique, and refreshingly different to most of the music coming out of Australia at the moment. Another band that springs to mind with a similar 'worldly' feel from the motherland is Blue King Brown, but even then Hiatus Kaiyote have a sound that is in a league of its own. Singer and lyricist Nai Palm's voice is husky and mellow and brings a soulful, sultry sound to the bands eclectic arrangement.
I'm lost for words on how to properly describe their sound, so the best way to get a feel for them is to go have a listen to their album Tawk Tomahawk here.