Haiku Hands have released yet another taste of their upcoming album with the club-ready “Cool for You”.
The alt-electronic group’s track basically drips in sweat as it transports listeners to the pits of an early-morning house party with bass-heavy production that’s reminiscent of their Australian counterparts, Big Wett or Rebel Yell. It’s as if they’re in the midst of a dance floor yelling over the noise with lyrics like, “Hey, 3 o’clock in the morning, my hand’s on the awning, the brothers are brawling, I’m having a ball.”
“This song is about feeling yourself, being at a party and enjoying being yourself,” says Haiku Hands member Bea Lewis, “Being with your crew and feeling everybody, it’s the antithesis of capitalism – that you need to be something else, that you need another product to feel good, that you need anything.”
The accompanying music video, directed and produced by Jasmin Tarasin, depicts the group on a beach being twisted and tangled in white ribbon by performers Madeleine Baghurst and Vivian Tran (perhaps a metaphor for the entangled antics of a night out).
Coming three years after their self-titled debut album, “Cool for You” is the fourth release off of Haiku Hands’ second album, Pleasure Beast, set for release on December 1st.
Born out of a writing trip to Indonesia and during a 2023 US tour, the forthcoming album features collaborations with musicians like Josh Fountain, Dan Farber, and TV on the Radio’s David Sitek.
Other singles from the album include the Fatboy Slim-inspired track “Feel so Good”, the jungle beat heart-pumping “Ma Ruler”, and funky “Nunchucka”.
This month sees Haiku Hands traveling around the US in support of American rapper and queen diva Big Freedia. Alongside the release of “Cool for You” the group have also announced their Australian headline dates for January and February including shows at Brisbane’s The Zoo on February 15th, a Marrickville warehouse party on February 16th, and Melbourne’s Max Watts on February 22nd.
They’ll also be bringing their genre-hopping antics to the Lost Paradise stage in Glenworth Valley over New Year (December 28th-January 1st) alongside headliners like Flume, Dom Dolla and Foals.
Haiku Hands’ “Cool for You” is out now.