Hiatus Kaiyote, The Seshen + Bells Atlas Live in SF [Photos + Recap]

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Hiatus Kaiyote, The Seshen & Bells Atlas live in San Francisco, photos by Ashleigh Reddy

On a recent Sunday in San Francisco, rising stars Hiatus Kaiyote blew through town on a string of live dates to support their Tawk Tomahawk project, which–after attracting quite a bit of attention from high level music fans (Questlove and James Poyser, just to name two)–just saw it’s official release stateside via Salaam Remi‘s Flying Buddha label. HK have been making new fans everywhere they touch down but the Bay Area–quite possibly the original home of crystal-gazing–was an especially apt backdrop for their particular brand of new age soul, and their show at SF’s Independent alongside The Seshen and Bells Atlas was every bit the harmonic convergence a devotee of dusted souljazz could hope for. Okayplayer photog and Left Coast correspondent Ashleigh Reddy was on hand to document, leaving us with some sparkly photo-crystals of our own to gaze at. Here’s how she described the evening:

 

“Hiatus Kaiyote’s bay area appearance was truly a spiritual experience, as noted by lead singer, Nai Palm, in between songs. She was giddy with excitement and delivered a performance that truly showed her passion for music. Her voice sent chills up the attendant spines as she sang familiar songs off the Tawk Tomahawk EP, as well as older and newer material. One song in particular was a brilliant track inspired by Stevie Wonder, who Nai repped proudly on her shirt. The show ended on a high note but also began beautifully with the sultry sounds of Bells Atlas followed by a soul-enlivening set by The Seshen.”

Click through Ashleigh’s photos above and catch a clip of HK’s performance of “Malika” below, courtesy of Sony:

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