Hiatus Kaiyote Announce Love Heart Cheat Code

Hiatus Kaiyote Announce Love Heart Cheat Code
Hiatus Kaiyote photo by Rocket Weijers

Hiatus Kaiyote announces their new album Love Heart Cheat Code will drop on June 28th via Brainfeeder Records/Ninja Tune. With the news, the band have shared “Make Friends,” the track follows previous single “Everything’s Beautiful.” The band are also sharing a visual announcement of the album revealing a 3-D world of a family supermarket that the band have created to accompany the music. The Australian band are also announcing a full North American Summer tour beginning in June, with dates all over North America.

Hiatus Kaiyote consists of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums). The band has been sampled by many artists including The Carters (Beyoncé & Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake—with whom Nai Palm also collaborated with on his Scorpion album. They’ve also received co-signs from celebrated artists including Kehlani, Willow Smith, Virgil Abloh, among others.

“Make Friends” was inspired by words of wisdom imparted to the band by a friend who noted, “You don’t make friends, you recognize them.” Succinct yet profound, this sage insight reminded Nai of the lack of representation for deep, platonic love. “I wanted to have representation for just the different examples of people that I love from the women in my life, to the men, to my non-binary friends,” she shares, “and it was very natural and fun to work on as a formula.” The single is composed of one verse, but Nai takes that one verse through three gender permutations: female, male, and nonbinary. Nai adds, “When I sang the third verse, the ‘them/they’ verse, I actually had to stop. Just realizing that inclusivity is so often denied to some of the people that I love the most, my best besties.”

Love Heart Cheat Code is a snapshot of four musicians dancing together on the edge, 11 playful, exuberant tracks that shine light. Yet, for a band that made a name for itself with its complexity and received critical praise and multiple Grammy nominations for their embrace of maximalism, one of the most striking things about Love Heart Cheat Code is its simplicity. “I’m a maximalist. I complicate fucking everything,” Nai laughs. “But the more you go through things in life, you become more relaxed and uninhibited. Sometimes you can still have depth and reach people and really stop dancing around the fact: What do you want to communicate to people? And I feel like this album is a result of that clarity for us. We didn’t need to spell out complexity if the song didn’t call for it.”

The album also features other Melbourne-based musicians like Taylor “Chip” Crawford, who played an instrument of his own invention called the frello; guitarist Tom Martin; and flautist Nikodemos; and the unprecedented addition of a very important creative force: Mario Caldato, whose work with the Beastie Boys and Seu Jorge is the stuff of legends.

Hiatus Kaiyote
Love Heart Cheat Code
Brainfeeder Records / Ninja Tune

1. Dreamboat
2. Telescope
3. Make Friends
4. BMO is Beautiful
5. Everything’s Beautiful
6. Dimitri
7. Longcat
8. How To Meet Yourself
9. Love Heart Cheat Code
10. Cinnamon Temple
11. White Rabbit

Hiatus Kaiyote 2024 tour Dates

6/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Egyptian Room
6/23 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
6/25 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Jazz Festival
6/27 – Montreal, QC @ TBD
6/28 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
6/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
7/1 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
7/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount
7/6 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
7/7 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/9 – Chicago, IL @ Salt Shed Indoors
7/10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Big Top
7/12 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
7/16 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Hall
7/17 – Carnation, WA @ Remlinger Farms*
7/18 – Portland, OR @ Grand Lodge**
7/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Pre-order Love Heart Cheat Code HERE


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