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Needle Paw Album Review

By: Joseph Arbid

Hiatus Kaiyote is a band that has been getting a lot of recognition in the past few years. Sampled by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and Drake, the Australian quartet has made a name for themselves with their glitchy, percussive, intrepid interpretation of neo-soul. Lead singer, Naomi Saalfield, a.k.a., Nai Palm, released her debut solo album, Needle Paw, and it encompasses  everything that makes Nai Palm such a unique artist.

Nai Palm utilizes her full vocal abilities both harmonically and melodically, ranging from her rich lows to her glassy falsetto. Accompanied by only her guitar and her backing vocalists, she explores new territory, revisits songs from Hiatus’ sophomore album, Choose Your Weapon, and even covers songs from artists such as Jimi Hendrix (Have You Ever Been (To Electric Lady Land)) and Tamia (So Into You). Personally, her stripped down version of “Atari” is my favorite song on the album; she managed to use her voice to add texture and depth to parts of the song that were originally electronic. “Crossfire” was another great song about love, a topic Nai Palm doesn’t typically cover in her lyrics. There aren’t a lot of guest features on this album, but the features that made their way onto Needle Paw include aboriginal singer Jason Guwanbal Gurruwiwi and kora player Amadou Suso. All in all, this is a fantastic debut album from Nai Palm. She combines elements of folk, R&B, soul, and tribal music to create a one of a kind album that lets her emotions run loose.

Final Top 25 Countdown Show

For the final Top 25 show, we asked the staff of WVCW to submit their favorite songs they’ve been listening to this semester! Here’s the countdown!

#25 Know Better/Forth Wanderers-Sean Pritchard

#24 Walk of Life/Dire Straits-Dan Gaitanis 

#23 Dancing in the Dark/Bruce Springsteen-Dan Gaitainis

#22 Romeo and Juliet/The Killers-Laura Bryant

#21 God/Kendrick Lamar-Laura Bryant

#20 Uptown Funk/Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars-Brandon Ingram

#19 Ongoing Think ft Odysee/20syl-Julia Carney 

#18 Vincent/Car Seat Headrest-Leah Dikshinski 

#17 April Come She Will/Simon and Garfunkel-Erica Taylor

#16 Cynicism/Nana Grizol-Erica Taylor 

#15 Die Hard The Hunter/Def Leppard-Martin Klunder 

#14 Texas Reznikoff/Mitski-Courtney Miller

#13 Weird Little Birthday Girl/Happyness-Courtney Miller

#12 Chinatown/Wild Nothing-Anh Nguyen 

#11 D.A.N.C.E/Justice-Alan Booth

#10 Take It All Back 2.0/Judah and the Lion-Alan Booth

#9 You Only Live Twice/Nancy Sinatra-Alan Booth

#8 Bad Catholics/The Menzingers-Anh Nguyen 

#7 No Sass/Photay-Kiara Walker 

#6 All There Is/Chrome Sparks-Kiara Walker 

#5 Woman/Angel Olsen-Hannah Van Buskirk

#4 Back Pocket/Vulfpeck-Hannah Van Buskirk

#3 Wake/The Antlers-Hannah Fisher 

#2 Shelter/Porter Robinson-David Sporn

#1 Rhythm/Johnny Cash-Katie Moody

Top 25 Countdown for April 11th!

#25. Juliana Hatfield- Rhinoceros, from the album “Pussycat”

#24. The Matinee-Long Gone, from the album “Dancing on Your Grave”

#23. The Octopus Project- Mendoza, from the album “Memory Mirror”

#22. Dirty Projectors-Little Bubble, from the album “Dirty Projectors”

#21. Said The Whale- Realize Real Eyes, from the album “As Long as Your Eyes are Wide”

#20. Hot Flash Heat Wave- Raindrop, from the album “Soaked”

#19. Le Spunk- Amused Bouche, from the album “Shoebox full of Seashells”

#18. The Octopus Project- Leven, from the album “Memory Mirror’

#17. Slowdive- Sugar for the Pill, released as a single

#16. Juliana Hatfield-Touch You Again, from the album “Pussycat”

#15. Darwin Says-Sociopath, from the album “Cuckoo”

#14.Said The Whale- More than Ever, from the album “As Long as Your Eyes are Wide”

#13.The Octopus Project- Beta Wand, from the album “Memory Mirror”

#12. Le Spunk- Vanilla Swirl, from the album “Shoebox full of Seashells”

#11. The Dirty Projectors- I See You, from the self titled album “Shoebox full of Seashells”

#10. Puzzlecuts- All Wound Up, from the album “No Max Amount”

#9. The Octopus Project- Woah, Mossman!!,  from the album “Memory Mirror”

#8. Hot Flash Heat Wave- Make it Right, from the album “Soaked”

#7. Dirty Projectors- Death Spiral,  from the album “Dirty Projectors”

#6. The Matinee- Fireworks, from the album “Dancing on your Grave”

#5. Faintlife- Sludge Soul, from the album “Ever Was”

#4. Le Spunk- Chronopath, from the album “Shoebox full of Seashells”

#3. Hot Flash Heat Wave- Gold Years, from the album “Soaked”

#2. The Octopus Project- Cuidate, from the album “Memory Mirror”

#1. Dirty Projectors- Up In Hudson, from the album “Dirty Projectors”