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HAIKU HANDS ENERGETICALLY PROVE WHAT THEY DO IS ‘NOT ABOUT YOU’
HAIKU HANDS are a new collective that have exploded into the music scene with a new single. The group has been around in the worlds of visual art and live performance, but now their frantic energy has been put into a banging track. Claire Nakazawa and Beatrice Lewis are the key forces behind Haiku Hands, with experiences working as vocalists for Urthboy, Mark Pritchard, Lapalux and Hermitude between them.
From the start this tune is solid, with a compressed bassline repeating under the rapping. The confident delivery of tongue in cheek rhymes is chanted by two strong voices, shamelessly doing it for themselves. As the track gains traction, more and more elements are added, a 4 to the floor beat and contrasting hats, and a synth pad mirroring the bass. All together these pieces create a feel good earworm that’s bound to get dance floors pumping.
The dance rap style delivery is reminiscent of Le Tigre, with real messages dispersed among seemingly non-sensical lyrics. Packed full of fun rhymes and catchy phrases, Haiku Hands touch on themes of self empowerment and living for the day. The two voices rapping together make this track a fun romp and challenges the listener to learn the words and deliver them with just as much power.
This debut track from Haiku Hands is just the beginning, as more juicy tracks are in the pipeline made with the help of some of Australia’s production elite. With names like Joelistics, El Gusto of Hermitude, Lewis Can Cut and Jaytee Hazard in the mix you know what Haiku Hands is going to bring next will be just as large as ‘Not About You’.
“Every single second of ‘Not About You’ is an absolute riot, just completely uninhibited fun and chock-full of personality. Consider me already 110% invested in their success and well-being, and know that you will not be the same after experiencing this. AMAZING” - Non Orderly
Haiku Hands is a crew of Australian artists anchored around the duo of Claire Nakawaza and RBMA alumni Beatrice Lewis. “Not About You” serves as a bold introduction to the music of Haiku Hands. The rave-inspired, technicolor track combines a keen sensibility for the dancefloor with cheeky songwriting and riot grrrl energy. We’re excited to hear what else they’ve got in store.
New Sydney-based dance / hip-hop collective ‘Haiku Hands’ recently revealed their party starting debut slice ‘Not About You’.
Commanding immediate attention, ‘Not About You’ hits hard with its infectious compressed bass line melody, synth pads and beats; unapologetically thumping along from start-to-finish. The vocals follow shortly after with undeniable Aussie swagger and charm, also refusing to reduce intensity with alluring energy and angst.
Taking cues from the likes of M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Le Tigre, the group still manage to deliver a sound that is instinctively them - an impressive feat for any artist on debut.
Although it’s their maiden track, it appears the girls are quite versed across various creative and performance based capacities. They’ve been involved in collaborative works with El Gusto (Hermitude) and Joelistics, amongst many other impressive projects and feats.
'Not About You' is one of the most exciting tracks we’ve heard from an Australian artist this year and we can’t wait to hear more.