Australian jazz funk experimentalists Hiatus Kaiyote have shared the single “Get Sun” from their new album, Mood Valiant.
“Get Sun” offers bright orchestration and lush vocal melodies, as well as gorgeous strings from Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and arranger Arthur Verocai, who lent his talents to a number of songs on the new record.
Mood Valiant will be the group’s first album since 2015’s Choose Your Weapon. Hiatus Kaiyote had completed most of the tracks by 2018, but everything came to a halt when vocalist Nai Palm was diagnosed with breast cancer later that same year. An emergency trip back to Australia was hastily booked mid-tour, where Palm underwent a lifesaving mastectomy. The album was left incomplete until she was ready and able to return to the studio.
In a statement, Nai Palm explained that the illness and her long road to recovery informed the lyricism of Mood Valiant. “When you think your life is going to be taken away from you, it makes you think about who you are,” she said. “I guess after the breast cancer scare I decided that I needed to prove to life that the offering I have is genuine. My only wish is to live and offer my experience of time and beauty.”
Mood Valiant will arrive on June 25 via Brainfeeder. Listen to “Get Sun”: