As a follow-up to their quirky performance of a few tracks from their third studio album Mood Valiant for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Series, Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote have released a visual for another one of the project’s stand out grooves. “Chivalry is Not Dead,” an audible depiction of the mating habits of various creatures in nature, received an animated treatment that is every bit as vibrant and abstract as the track itself. Written by the band’s frontwoman Nai Palm, she opted to use animals as her muse in order to avoid censorship. Previously she explained, “I’m gonna write a song that’s 3:40 long, and it’s about sex, but I’m gonna make it f**king weird. Examples from the natural world that are f**king with the status quo.”
Such a bold choice could only be accompanied by an equally striking visual. Co-directed by artists Lauren YS and Lester Chan, with additional animation by David Osegueda, the creative trio were able to bring Nai’s vision together in an intricate and innovative way. She notes that the team, “brought to life the inner fabric of (her) brain’s innermost desires”, and says, “They cover the visuals and we cover the sonics. We hope to take you on a sexy bizarre journey into the kinks of the animal kingdom. Love from us.”
Watch Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Chivalry is Not Dead” visual below, and enjoy the wacky ride. If you somehow haven’t already, be sure to check out the full Mood Valiant album on your preferred digital platform.