Hiatus Kaiyote are back with a new single titled Everything’s Beautiful.
Mixed by Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Björk, Blur, Beck), the single is full of guitar licks and the distinctive bass sound of the future soul collective, which introduces Nai Palm’s sumptuous voice with great naturalness.
“Everything’s Beautiful’ is a testament to the importance of finding joy in your day.
For me, the happy place is walking around exploring the world with headphones. I wanted to write something very simple, without complex and deep philosophical meaning, as most of my compositions tend to have. I wrote the vocal melody and bass line in a dream during a nap on my manager Scott Barkham’s couch in New York, and brought it into the world of the living.
Initially, the refrain in the dream was ‘Berry Street beautiful’, but I changed the lyrics when I developed it with the band.
This is not the illusion that we live in a utopia on this planet, but it is an invitation to actively seek beauty, grace and joy in life, comments Nai Palm.
The new single is the first unreleased song since Mood Valiant (Brainfeeder, 2021), which earned a Grammy nomination in the Best R&B Progressive Album category. Recently, Doja Cat covered Red Room, one of Mood Valiant’s songs, on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in London, and continued to perform the song during her stadium tour, in front of over half a million people.
The album was made after a six-year period in which the band spent time touring, before landing in Rio de Janeiro in 2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai. The album was acclaimed by artists such as Kehlani, Willow Smith, Virgil Abloh, among others.
The new single comes after the release of Mood Variant, a ten-track project that includes remixes from Nick Hakim, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Stro Elliot, Salami Rose Joe Louis, DJ Khalil, Teebs and Mndsgn.
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The Melbourne band, among the most acclaimed on the international scene, is made up of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keyboards) and Perrin Moss (drums). Before Mood Valiant, the quartet released Choose Your Weapon in 2015, described by Rolling Stone as “a notable step forward.” Some samples were taken from the album and were used by artists such as The Carters (Beyoncé and Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper and Drake, with whom Nai Palm also collaborated on his album Scorpion.
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