Album Review: Hiatus Kaiyote's Mood Valiant
Words by Thomas Rutherford
It’s been six long years since Hiatus Kaiyote’s last album, the sprawling Choose Your Weapon. But, finally, the eclectic, genre-defying group is back with Mood Valiant, a focused and beautiful celebration of life. This is an album permeated by flowers and nature, showered in color and sunshine. Yet, it is also bravely willing to face the darker aspects of life, heartbreak, illness, self-doubt, though not without the fear and uncertainty that inherently comes with dealing with such powerful, daunting issues. It is this honesty, coupled with the incredibly layered musicianship and lead singer and guitar player Nai Palm’s breathy delivery, that gives the album its nuance and depth.