Hiatus Kaiyote is one of those hidden gems that, upon first listen, feel like a band you and everyone else should already know and love. But for reasons unknown, the Australian quartet has remained relatively obscure, spending the past two years carving out a humble but cozy niche for itself in the underground scene of the band’s home continent. Their 2012 debut LP Tawk Tomahawk seamlessly blends earth-shaking soul, hip-hop sensibilities, and the warm flow and glow of smooth jazz into thirty minutes of the most organic music heard in a long time. Nai Palm, the singer and proud owner of some of the strongest pipes this side of the Pacific, never hesitates to assume her rightful place at the fore of the musical front while being equally comfortable taking a backseat to the music when appropriate. This sidesteps the potential catastrophe of the frontman overwhelming the band and allows the listener to explore the twists and turns of Kaiyote’s meticulously layered instrumental soundscape undistracted. A solid first album that is intended to be listened.