Hiatus Kaiyote doesn't care about standard time signatures or cookie cutter song structure. Let's just start right there. This band does their own thing and, luckily for us, their thing is as if soul & jazz had a classically-trained electronic r&b baby from the future that traveled back in time to the present with a CD.
Tawk Tomahawk is 30 and a half minutes of euphoria. You'll be traveling from the mind-bending beauty of Mobius Streak all the way through the hypnotic Sphinx Gate before you reach your final destination - the infectious melodies of Nakamarra. And then you'll be listening to it again. And then likely again. And then some more.
Vocally, Nai Palm is deliciously soulful. If you like Erykah Badu or Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, than you'll likely dig Nai Palm. Lyrically, 90% of the time I haven't a clue what Nai Palm is singing about. What I do know is that she uses her words to paint surreal landscapes and then colors them with harmonizing overdubs that just have a way of crawling into your soul and that's good enough for me.
Tawk Tomahawk is a short album, you'll have it on repeat. If we the people of planet earth are at all lucky, perhaps Hiatus Kaiyote will get back into the studio soon to give us more of their extraordinary gifts because in my honest unprofessional opinion, they're the shiznit.