Mood Valiant

Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant
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Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #69 / 530
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Based on 392 ratings
2021 Ratings: #76
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The Sydney Morning Herald

Hiatus Kaiyote are sounding ever more masterful in their ability to weave together intricate, funk-riddled, R&B-tinged jazz – but this time there’s a darker edge.


It’s effortlessly likable and rich with heart and soul.


Mood Valiant is intimate and romantic more than anything else.


Hiatus Kaiyote are an utterly unique band and have a sound that defies labels and draws upon a wealth of diverse influences to create something that eludes easy definition. This album merely adds to the array of styles they have mastered and shows a group unbowed but inspired by the hardships they have faced.


Altogether, 'Mood Valiant' is a joyous, frolicking ode to renewed life. It signals a strong return for Hiatus Kaiyote.


Vibrant and uninhibited, dotted with rule-bending twists, Mood Valiant is the sound of summer.

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Surviving as they have, Hiatus Kaiyote sound livelier than before. Every inch of Mood Valiant drips with love and togetherness for the band, with no single contributor stealing the show for very long.


No longer content with merely capturing the sound of four wildly talented musicians in a room together, the Australian “future soul” group transforms on their vibrant and psychedelic third album.

The Observer

It’s the group’s most coherent work yet. All their little watermarks reappear. We get irregular time signatures, birdsong and other found sounds; long, wordless passages and tricksy skits; and an intoxicating confidence in their arrangements.

With the seamless blend of psychedelia, soul, and jazz, Hiatus Kaiyote hopes to be the vanguard of what is to come for the genre.

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Despite its radiance, neo-soul is a genre at its crossroads. Despite its past excellence, from Tony! Toni! Toné! to Jill Scott, neo-soul desperately needs a strong shot in the arm. Derived from the demand ... read more
I have yet to hear a Hiatus Kaiyote album before, so once their first album in six years was released I came into it with no expectation. Now that I’ve finished listening, I have to say that there is a lot to love about “Mood Valiant”.

I ran into an unusual instance for this record - when I typically listen to albums I really enjoy (or hate) for the first time I immediately start having thoughts about what I would say if I was talking about the project to a friend. But this ... read more
Neo-soul futurists return with songs that feel more like…. songs compared to their previous albums. Packing at just around 43 minutes, the songs are diverse but not enough to make you to stop listening. For example, ‘Rose Water’ is an overall chill listen but there are some Brazilian influences. However, I do feel like the mixing on songs like chivalry and Get Sun could be better. I also don’t really like how the album ends; it’s kinda abrupt, and the flow is a ... read more
'Mood Valiant' is approachable but not totally reachable. In a sense the tracks have a unity vibe, but something about the way the beats flow, some of the record feels sort of derranged but not in an entirely bad way. This is a band that knows exactly their style, the vocalist is quite great very old school sort of jazz singer, the instrumentals can be very floral always ascending to compart at some time, the cover is stunning, everything feels nice.
This album came out exactly like I wanted it to! Nai Palm shredding the vocals over funky & dreamy production. This was worth the 6 year wait.

Favorite tracks: Chivalry Is Not Dead, And We Go Gentle, Get Sun, Rose Water, Red Room, Sparkle Tape Break Up, Stone or Lavender
Least favorite: -
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Added on: March 16, 2021