ALBUM REVIEW: Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Brainfeeder Records/Ninja Tune

Released: 25.06.21







Hiatus Kaiyote jump into an inconsistent world of silky, 90s drum patterns and neo-soul vocal lines washing over each other. Moving away from the flowing identity of previous releases, Mood Valiant strikes a much more jarring balance as the transitions rocket from the smooth to the explosive.

Mood Valiant shows the band leap into action, as the production glows with an abrasive nostalgia. Rummaging through the archives, Hiatus Kaiyote revive troupes from the 90s, many of which were abandoned for a reason. The jazzy percussion either brutally dominates or perfectly ignites the tracks, and the vocals are either insignificant or essential to the song’s sound.

There is a phenomenal album waiting to come from Hiatus Kaiyote, but this isn’t it.


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