Hiatus Kaiyote – “Breathing Underwater”

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The Grammy-nominated Melbourne, Australia based neo-soul ensemble Hiatus Haiyote teased this gorgeous, panoramic, key-changing mess of a track twice in 2013: first in August for an extended live set by Boiler Room and then two months later on Seattle’s KEXP. This first studio cut of the track will serve as the lead single to their forthcoming sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, to be released May 5 via Flying Buddha. The 70-minute, 18-track album was conceived while touring the world, in contrast to the generally static creation of their debut LP Tawk Tomahawk. And based upon this track, which Nai Palm cites as a tribute to her musical hero Stevie Wonder, it’s bound to be an insane trip. The meditative frontwoman focuses on earthly objects, like the African desert-dwelling Jericho rose that can survive without water for 100 years. She delivers lush and lurid visions to describe the ethereal pervasiveness of love: “Pleasure melting a snowflake of lace down your face/ I could call your demons inside, soak them in camomile for you lover to find.”

Watch Hiatus Kaiyote perform a simply ridiculous cover of “Dare” by the Gorillaz for Triple J’s “Like A Version.” Check out tour dates below.

Mar 18 Austin, TX – KCRW at The Parish
Mar 19 Austin, TX – YouTube at Copper Tank Brewing Co.
Mar 20 Austin, TX – Aussie BBQ at Brush Square Park
Mar 20 Austin, TX – Sound Sessions at The Tap Room
Mar 21 Austin, TX – Okayplayer at Bungalow
May 05 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 08 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
May 09 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
May 11 Chicago, IL – Double Door
May 12 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
May 14 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre
May 17 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
May 19 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 20 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
May 21 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 22 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues Voodoo Room
May 23 Las Vegas, NV – Insert Coin(s)
May 26 Austin, TX – The Parish
May 27 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 29 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
May 31 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 03 Providence, RI – The Met

Angel E. Fraden

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