Hiatus Kaiyote / Choose Your Weapon
Album:Choose Your Weapon Collection:General
Artist:Hiatus Kaiyote Added:Oct 2015
Label:Sony Masterworks 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2016-05-16 Pull Date:2016-07-17 
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Recent Airplay
1.Nov 07, 2019:organic fruit tracks
4.Jul 27, 2017:moodswings
By Fire
2.Mar 22, 2019:Music To
Breathing Underwater
5.Mar 18, 2017:Reckless Burning
Breathing Underwater
3.Jan 09, 2018:Waste FM
Breathing Underwater
6.Mar 01, 2017:Reckless Burning

Album Review
DJ Aporia
Reviewed 2015-12-01 
Hiatus Kaiyote build on the future soul sound of their excellent debut LP from 2013, Tawk Tomahawk, with more complex lyrical imagery, greater risk-taking with the vocals, and a richly varied use of different instruments. The vocalist Nai Palm's voice is incomprehensibly beautiful. Fantastic band, fantastic record.

RIYL Thundercat, Sia, THEESatisfaction
Favorites: 2, 5, 6, 9, 13, 15

1. (1:34) Choose Your Weapon - Urgent. Interesting drumming pattern layered over the name of the song spoken by different members of the band.
2. (5:51) * Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - Classic Hiatus Kaiyote song structure, prominent vocals, light jazz guitar throughout, cool synths come in at the end.
3. (2:26) Laputa - Positively awash with psychedelic background sounds and lyrics about the absence of the song’s namesake.
4. (0:49) Creations Part One - Short interlude, downtempo, instrumental.
5. (6:02) ** Borderline With My Atoms - What a trip. Starts off downtempo. Occasional twinkling keyboards. Brief samples of guitar and neo-soul sounds. Cascading, chaotic keyboards and insistent vocals at the end augment this track’s bizarre beauty.
6. (5:44) *** Breathing Underwater - Evokes a frenetic marine motion. Vocals are the focus. Concludes with a haunting “I want you to breathe it in / the words / the water” whispered multiple times. Gorgeous.
7. (0:38) Cicada - Short instrumental interlude.
8. (5:00) Swamp Thing - Jazzy keyboards. Settles down towards the end into a simpler structure with a prominent bassline, hushed “oohs”, and gently decrescendoing keyboards.
9. (4:17) * Fingerprints - Slow ballad, subtle but interestingly-changing bass. Prominent vocals + occasional instrumental passages with sax and gliding keyboards.
10. (5:33) Jekyll - Starts off as a slow piano ballad, then changes into a faster piece with funky drums, and then a little later into a repetitive, aquatic melody. Ends in semi-dissonance fading into a delicate piano outro.
11. (2:50) Prince Minikid - Dreamy. Lyrics barely discernible under waves of sound.
12. (6:09) Atari - More electronic and synthy.
13. (5:04) *** By Fire - Groovy. Synths come in mid-way. Semi-spoken vocals from thereon to the end.
14. (1:01) Creations Part Two - Pensive, hazy instrumental interlude. Eerie.
15. (4:54) * The Lung - Lovely fingerpicked guitar, very different instrumentally from the rest.
16. (1:03) Only Time All the Time / Making Friends with Studio Owl - Seems out of place, jarring keyboards.
17. (4:49) Molasses - Another groovy track, classic Hiatus Kaiyote song.
18. (5:42) Building A Ladder - Soulful ballad, cascading keyboards. Drums come in midway and song builds in intensity.

Track Listing
1.Choose Your Weapon 10.Jekyll
2.Shaolin Monk Motherfunk 11.Prince Minikid
3.Laputa 12.Atari
4.Creations Part One 13.By Fire
5.Borderline With My Atoms 14.Creations Part Two
6.Breathing Underwater 15.The Lung
7.Cicada 16.Only Time All The Time / Making Friends With Studio Owl
8.Swamp Thing 17.Molasses
9.Fingerprints 18.Building A Ladder