Alright. I get it. For about the past year I've seen glimpses of this new band called Hiatus Kaiyote in my social media feeds. "Hmmm - lotta drum covers of these guys..."
But I couldn't be bothered. There gospel...um...idioms to be learned, I was a busy guy. What did I care what the hipsters were up to?
Serendipity found me when I needed some new music to listen to while working at a coffee shop. The bar had been getting pretty low. (The Lido cover, etc.) On a lark, I decided to check out this spacey band from Australia with the weird name and a lead singer with a penchant for welterweight headgear. And I'll be honest: I didn't get it at first. Like most of the deepest stuff, Hiatus didn't hook me from the get-go, then get boring fast. I was intrigued, and each subsequent listening revealed more layers.
So now I'm a fan. There are artists with deep music who are hopelessly pretentious. There are bands with a "devil may care" attitude, then their music sucks. Or they're nihilistic assholes. But I can see why the world's falling in love with Hiatus. They write and play their assess off. Their music is deep but joyful and unpretentious. And you get the sense they'd be cool to hang out with. Like, despite her many intimidating tattoos, Nail Palm (not her real name) would be nice to you if you ran into her at Quizno's.
So this week I bring you a cover of just one of Hiatus' many great songs: By Fire. There's so much depth in their catalogue I hope I eventually get around to covering many more standouts: Shaolin Monk Motherfunk, Breathing Underwater, The World It Softly Lulls, and Molasses just to name a few. (Those should get you started.)
Without further ado, the lesson!