Today, twice Grammy-nominated, Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote shares a new song and video from their forthcoming album Mood Valiant, out June 25th via Brainfeeder Records / Ninja Tune. Written in an act of spontaneous composition, “Red Room” was born out of a bass and drum groove by band members Paul Bender and Perrin Moss when the group went to Rio De Janeiro in 2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai, who features on their previously-released single “Get Sun.”
Hiatus Kaiyote is Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums). Their new album, Mood Valiant, is the follow up to their 2015 album Choose Your Weapon, which Rolling Stone described as “a stunning step up.” The new project comes after being sampled on songs by The Carters (Beyonce & Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake—with whom Nai Palm also collaborated with on his Scorpion album.
Speaking about how the new song “Red Room” came together Nai shares, “My vocal booth had a red light in it, and I was thinking about my old house that had all this red-colored glass in it. When the sun set in my room at a certain hour my whole room was red.”
According to Bender, it was the quickest thing the band had ever recorded from conception to finish. Perrin adds: “Essentially it was just having fun, man. We were warm, we were in another country. Of course, not knowing there was a big pandemic coming, the context of the ‘red room’ now and what that means to everyone sitting in isolation is kind of relevant.”