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Choose Your Weapon
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Studio album by
Released1 May 2015 (2015-05-01)[1]
Hiatus Kaiyote chronology
Tawk Tomahawk
Choose Your Weapon
Mood Valiant

Choose Your Weapon is the second studio album by Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, first released in 1 May 2015 through Flying Buddha[2] and Sony Masterworks. Following the release of the band's debut album Tawk Tomahawk (2012) and their first Grammy nomination, Hiatus Kaiyote went on to tour throughout 2014.[3][4] Over the span of two years, recording sessions took place in Australia and the United States.

Choose Your Weapon is a neo soul album that takes influence from a variety of genres including jazz, soul, R&B, progressive rock, West African funk, and samba and Latin grooves. Thematically, the album's songs touch upon topics such as the supernatural, technology and death. All members of the band contributed lyrics and production, while Salaam Remi, the founder of Flying Buddha, served as the album's executive producer.

Upon release, the album was met with universal acclaim from music critics, who praised the album's production and musical structure, and was named as one of the year’s best albums. The album saw some commercial success and debuted at #22 on the Australian albums chart. The song "Breathing Underwater" was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.[5]


The band began receiving attention in 2013, when they were nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for their song "Nakamarra", performed with Q-Tip, but lost out to Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway's recording "Something".[3] In 2014, the band joined forces with hip hop artist Remi, the multi-faceted Kirkis, producer Silent Jay and vocalist Jace XL to embark on an Australia-wide tour titled 'The Sonic Architects National Conference'.[6] Three additional backing vocalists: Jace, Loreli, and Jay Jay were added for this tour.[4] During the tour Hiatus Kayiote met Taylor McFerrin, whom they credit for bringing them international attention after catching the last part of Hiatus' set in January 2014.[7][8] Not long after, Hiatus Kayiote was playing on air in Los Angeles and soon came to the attention of Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors, and Erykah Badu.[8]


Recording sessions for the album took place in Australia and the United States at various studios including Ghost Oak Studios in Mornington Peninsula, Australia, Headshell Hideout, Oakland Studios, Sound Park Studios, Willow Grove Studios all in Melbourne, Australia and Instrument Zoo in Miami.[9] Nai Palm served as the album's writer, vocalist, guitar and keyboard provider, Paul Bender provided guitar, keyboards and programming, Simon Mavin also provided keyboards, vocoder and percussion alongside Perrin Moss who provided keyboards, drums and percussion. Lead vocalist Nai Palm described the album as an "extension" of their debut, and stated she and the band had no intention to make a one genre body of work. During the recording the band wanted to pay tribute to the format of a mixtape, so they incorporated a range of interludes.[10]

When recording the album the band wanted to create a body of work that was not "temporary" stating that; "everyone is just looking to release the next hot single, this record is in tribute to listening to an album from start to finish where there is a narrative that takes you to all these different soundscapes."[10] The band recorded the songs individually and then put them in order with the interludes.[10] All the album's tracks were written by Nai Palm. The interludes were written and produced when the band would gather and just be "vibing as musicians." Some of the songs on the album– like “Fingerprints”– were written when she was 16 and “Jekyll” was one of the first songs she ever wrote. “Breathing Underwater” is a song that Palm wrote when she and the band were on tour.[10]

Music and lyrics

Choose Your Weapon is a neo soul album consisting of eighteen tracks, lasting seventy minutes. The album's production is characterised as being filled with "brain-liquifying synth-grooves, arousingly-unsettling time signature shifts," and "agile polyrhythms." The album's music was described as not being one genre but instead taking a variety of influences from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, soul, R&B, West African funk, samba and Latin.[11] Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! described the album's sound as containing "elements of late '90s, early '00s neo-soul: kick snares, electronic organ and bass guitar."[12]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic described the album as being more refined than that of the band's debut, Kellman described the album as being built on "vocal melodies and guitar wriggles sneak up and tickle the ears, burbling electronics mingle with spiny acoustic guitars, time signatures abruptly switch and stun."[13] The album's lyrical content touches upon various themes including natural and supernatural topics as well as speaking about technological subjects.[13] Other songs on the album speak of a more personal subject matter, "By Fire," is a burial song inspired in part by Palm's father's house-fire death.[13]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubB+[15]
The Guardian[18]

Upon release, Choose Your Weapon was generally met with critical praise. Review aggregator Metacritic has given the album a normalized rating of 87 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating 'universal acclaim'.[20]

In AllMusic, Andy Kellman praised the album's genre mixture, that covered a variety of era's; "'50s bop to '60s MPB, or '70s art rock to '80s boogie, or '90s neo-soul to 2000s dubstep." and when comparing it to their previous album that "The band refines and broadens its attack. From track to track, one ingenious idea trails another. Vocal melodies and guitar wriggles sneak up and tickle the ears, burbling electronics mingle with spiny acoustic guitars, time signatures abruptly switch and stun."[13] Reviewing the album for HipHopDX, Ural Garrett applauded the album's ability to create "fresh" soul from different "angles", and repeatidly called Choose Your Weapon one of the year’s best albums.[19] Clash's Errol Anderson praised the band for creating an album that is "both vibrant and uninhibited in its nature" ."[16]

The A.V. Club's Joshua Ashton commended the album's complexity and structure, stating the album's music bolts "in unexpected directions just as they seem to settle into a groove."[15] In the review for Mojo, it was claimed that "At 70 minutes long, there's a lot to digest but it's worth persevering with as repeated listens gradually unveil a musical universe unlike any other."[14] In Exclaim!, Ryan B. Patrick simply called the album "a solid groove."[17]

When reviewing the record for The Guardian, Everett True stated that "This [release] is a love letter to the whole of nature, a self-indulgent trip to the other side of consciousness, an experience you have to fully immerse yourself in to appreciate. And the meanings behind the songs are as varied and spatial as the music itself."[18]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Nai Palm; all music is composed by Nai Palm, Paul Bender, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin.

Choose Your Weapon track listing
1."Choose Your Weapon"1:34
2."Shaolin Monk Motherfunk"5:51
4."Creations Part One"0:49
5."Borderline with My Atoms"6:02
6."Breathing Underwater"5:44
8."Swamp Thing"5:00
11."Prince Minikid"2:50
13."By Fire"5:04
14."Creations Part Two"1:01
15."The Lung"4:54
16."Only Time All the Time: Making Friends with Studio Owl"1:03
18."Building a Ladder"5:42
Total length:69:14


Credits adapted from AllMusic.[21]


  • Hiatus Kaiyote – arranger, engineer, producers
  • Paul Bender – bass, guitar, keyboards, programming
  • Simon Mavin – keyboards, percussion, vocoder
  • Perrin Moss – bass, drums, keyboards, percussion
  • Nai Palm – artwork, guitar, keyboards, vocals

Other technical personnel

  • Phil Noy-Engineer-Producer-Drum production
  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – string arrangements, strings
  • Phil Binotto – percussion
  • Andrei Eremin – mastering
  • Adam King – percussion
  • Salvador Persico – percussion
  • Salaam Remi – executive producer


  • Laura Christoforidis – cover design, formatting
  • Laura Kszan – product development
  • Laneous "Lame-boy" the Lunchboxer – cover art
  • Jennifer Liebeskind – product development
  • Federico Ruiz – graphic design
  • Roxanne Slimak – art direction
  • Wilk – photography


Chart performance for Choose Your Weapon
Chart (2015)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22]22
US Billboard 200[23]127
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[24]1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25]11


  1. ^ "Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote". Apple Music. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Exclusive: Salaam Remi Launches Louder Than Life Imprint Through Sony". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ a b Michael Dwyer. "Independent Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote gets Grammy nod". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  4. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote at Federation Square". thedwarf.com. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Grammys 2016: Full List of Nominees". latimes.com. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Hiatus Kaiyote, Remi and friends unite for national tour". abc.net.au. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Taylor McFerrin (US), Hiatus Kaiyote & The Gentlemen Of Leisure (sic)". allevents.in. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  8. ^ a b "Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote - ACCLAIM". Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  9. ^ "Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon - Flying Buddha - SBMG 88875062482 - 8887506248 - HBDirect Hiphop". Hbdirect.com. 2015-05-04. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  10. ^ a b c d DanMichael (2015-04-27). "Interview: Nai Palm Discusses 'Choose Your Weapon'". Revive-music.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  11. ^ Mergim Binakaj (2015-05-17). "Album Review - Hiatus Kaiyote - The Gateway". Thegatewayonline.ca. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  12. ^ Patrick, Ryan B. (2015-05-01). "Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  13. ^ a b c d e "AllMusic Review of Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote". allmusic.com.
  14. ^ a b "Reviews for Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote expands its ornate "future soul" with Choose Your Weapon". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon | Reviews". Clash. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon". Exclaim!. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon review – psychedelic adventure land". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  19. ^ a b "Hiatus Kaiyote "Choose Your Weapon" Album Review". HipHopDX. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Reviews for Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote - Metacritic". metacritic.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
  21. ^ "Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote | Credits". AllMusic. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  23. ^ "Hiatus Kaiyote Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  24. ^ "Hiatus Kaiyote Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  25. ^ "Hiatus Kaiyote Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2021.


Veröffentlichungen von Hiatus Kaiyote die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Choose Your Weapon ¦ Mood Valiant ¦ Tawk Tomahawk

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Hiatus Kaiyote
Sängerin und Gitarristin Nai Palm bei einem Konzert, 2015
Sängerin und Gitarristin Nai Palm bei einem Konzert, 2015
Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftMelbourne, Australien
Genre(s)Neo-Soul, Future Soul[1]
Aktuelle Besetzung
Nai Palm
Paul Bender
Perrin Moss (seit 2011)
Simon Mavin (seit 2011)
Erklärung der Daten
Choose Your Weapon
 AU2217.05.2015(1 Wo.)
 US12723.05.2015(1 Wo.)
Mood Valiant
 AU405.07.2021(1 Wo.)
 DE3002.07.2021(1 Wo.)
 CH8204.07.2021(1 Wo.)
 UK5402.07.2021(1 Wo.)
 US10310.07.2021(1 Wo.)

Hiatus Kaiyote ist ein Neo-Soul-Quartett, das 2011 in Melbourne, Australien gegründet wurde.[3]


Die Band entstand, nachdem Bassist Paul Bender ein Konzert der Sängerin Nai Palm in einem Klub in Melbourne sah. Der Keyboarder Simon Mavin und der Schlagzeuger Perrin Moss stießen später dazu.[4]

Bei dem Wort Kaiyote handelt es sich um eine Wortneuschöpfung, die laut Palm die Kreativität des Publikums anregen soll.[5]

2012 veröffentlichte die Band ihr Debütalbum Tawk Tomahawk als self-release, 2013 schließlich auf dem Label Flying Buddha.[6]

Bei den Grammy Awards 2014 war der Song Nakamarra (aus dem Album Tawk Tomahawk, feat. Q-Tip) in der Kategorie Best R&B Performance nominiert, wurde jedoch von Snarky Puppy und Lalah Hathaway mit Something geschlagen.[7]

2014 wurde die Band auf Tour von den Backgroundsängern Jace, Loreli und Jay Jay unterstützt.[8]

Die Band veröffentlichte ihr zweites Album Choose Your Weapon am 1. Mai 2015. Das Album stieg auf Platz 22 in die australischen Musikcharts ein.[9]



  • 2012: Tawk Tomahawk
  • 2015: Choose Your Weapon
  • 2021: Mood Valiant


  • 2014: By Fire


  • 2013: Live in Revolt



  1. Hiatus Kaiyote Talks Growing Global Buzz | Life+Times, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  2. Chartquellen: U DE UK US
  3. Hiatus Kaiyote | Biography | AllMusic, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  4. Hiatus Kaiyote Talk Questlove, Erykah Badu & Q-Tip Co-Signs - Exclusive Interview - Fuse, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  5. Hiatus Kaiyote Talks Growing Global Buzz | Life+Times, abgerufen am 1. August 2015: "Well basically, “Kaiyote” is not a word. It’s a made up word, but it kind of sounds like peyote and coyote – it’s a word that involved the listeners creativity as to how they perceive it. So it reminds you of things but it’s nothing specific. When I looked it up on online it was like a bird appreciation society around the world, so for me that was a great omen, because I’m a bird lady. A hiatus is essentially a pause, it’s a moment in time. So, to me, a hiatus is taking a pause in your life to take in your surroundings, have a full panoramic view of your experiences and absorbing, and “kaiyote” is expressing them in a way involves the listeners creativity. It’s a duality with out music, as well. We don’t like to spell it out because if you can vaguely portray something, then it’s more likely that a broader variety of people can relate to it because they can find their own way in."
  6. Review: Haitus Kaiyoite's Tawk Tomahawk - The Rainbow Hub, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  7. The Sidney Morning Herald: Independent Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote gets Grammy nod, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  8. Live review of Hiatus Kaiyote @ Federation Square on Friday, 19 September 2014 :: The Dwarf, abgerufen am 1. August 2015
  9. ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums | Australia's Official Top 50 Albums - ARIA Charts (Memento des Originals vom 17. November 2015 im Internet Archive)  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.ariacharts.com.au, abgerufen am 1. August 2015


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