“expansive and psychedelic”Pitchfork

“An undeniable showcase of the band’s vast musical range and talent for arrangement.”NPR

“Through bright textures and sunlit Brazilian rhythms, it scores a trek from darkness to light”The New York Times

“They are enigmatic as often as they are profound”The Ringer

Hiatus Kaiyote shares “Cinnamon Temple” as the final single from their forthcoming album Love Heart Cheat Code, set for release on June 28th via Brainfeeder Records / Ninja Tune. “Cinnamon Temple” has become a fan favorite as a result of the band playing the song at their shows dating back to 2015, and today, it finally sees an official release. This latest offering follows the band’s previous singles “Everything’s Beautiful,” “Make Friends,” “Telescope” and album title track “Love Heart Cheat Code.” The single arrives three days before Hiatus Kaiyote launches their full North American tour that sees the band hitting New York, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Oakland, among others. Full tour routing can be found below.

Nai Palm shares about the song title, “It’s called ‘Cinnamon Temple’ because in Mali they have these mud brick mosques that look like they have cinnamon stuck in them. And because it was inspired by a Malian rhythm, there’s that element to it.” Speaking on the track’s unmistakable verve, keyboardist Simon Mavin adds about the sonic world the song lives in, “That kind of energy was coming out of Hiatus pre-covid, where we were getting into heavier riffs—not ‘metal,’ but just heavier.”

Love Heart Cheat Code is a snapshot of four musicians dancing together on the edge, 11 playful, exuberant tracks that shine light. Throughout the album, Hiatus Kaiyote emphasizes sensing rather than knowing, a type of trust that can only be brought through creative harmony and hours of studio sessions. The result is a wide-eyed, cohesive, yet relaxed body of work that reflects a deeper understanding of themselves and the music they wish to share with the world around them.

On the forthcoming album, the band’s direction is not always attained directly; less deliberate, and more via deliberation and drift: in jam sessions that last late into the night and early mornings. 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 Nikodimos; 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 has always spoken on their albums as microcosms, a complete ecosystem. On Love Heart Cheat Code the band envisioned a strong visual world to coincide with the music, working with Sri Lanken-born, Toronto-based multimedia artist Rajni Perera using one of her paintings as the artwork for the album. Illustrator Chloe Biocca and Grey Ghost then collaborated with the band to create visual symbols and associated artifacts for each of the tracks on the project to be paired alongside Rajni’s painting. The artifacts morphed into real products, custom jewelry, and edible goods, ranging from the inspired to the haunted and utterly random. Eventually, this led the band to conceive an entirely imagined place, a Love Heart Cheat Code supermarket with the band as its employees who create these products, market them, stack the shelves, clean the aisles, etc. In the banality of creating art into “product” for the modern world, the band finds solace in each item (or song) as they are packed with transcendent and resplendent musical magic.

Hiatus Kaiyote consists of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keyboards), and Perrin Moss (drums). The band has been sampled by many household names including The Carters (Beyoncé & Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake—with whom Nai Palm also collaborated on his Scorpion album. They’ve also received co-signs from celebrated artists including SZA, Kehlani, Willow Smith, and Virgil Abloh, among others. Last fall, Doja Cat covered Mood Valiant single “Red Room” at the Live Lounge in Los Angeles and has continued to perform the song across her tour. 

Upcoming Live 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 @ Festival International de Montréal – TD Stage
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 
7/13 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
7/16 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Hall 
7/17 – Carnation, WA @ Remlinger Farms (w/Digable Planets + The Free Nationals)
7/18 – Portland, OR @ Grand Lodge (w/The Free Nationals + Digable Planets)
7/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater


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