The magical musical world of Derbyshire based trio Haiku Salut is as enchanting and fruitful as ever, and a fourth album is on the way, following last year’s There Is No Elsewhere. Entitled The General, it first came to be as an original live score to Buster Keaton’s comedy classic The General, commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the BFI’s Comedy Genius season and they first performed it in Belfast last January.
Preceding the album release on August 2nd through Secret Name, Haiku Salut are enticing us with a double A side, ‘Loves’/’Going Back’. The single is out on June 7th but lucky for us, we can already hear both tracks. ‘Loves’ comes with an accompanying video.
Etch and Etch Deep, the second album from Derbyshire based trio Haiku Salut, came out last summer and they continue to marvel us. The album’s gorgeous ‘Things Were Happening And They Were Strange’ is the latest single to be lifted from it. The single drops on November 13th via How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, and coinciding with it, Haiku Salut have announced a string of UK dates including a show at London’s Union Chapel on November 14th. Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss them live! Now enjoy ‘Things Were Happening And They Were Strange’.
Derbyshire based trio Haiku Salut conquered our ears with their sweet and quirky melodies and arrangements, crafted mostly using accordions, pianos, glockenspiels and ukuleles. Made up of Gemma and Sophie Barkerwood and Louise Croft, the band's two albums, Tricolore and Etch and Etch Deep, display their inventiveness and opens a window onto their unique and magical musical world, part folk, part classical and tinged with electronic influences. So we're thrilled to bits to start September with a marvellous mix of tracks picked by the band!
Haiku Salut’s second album, Etch and Etch Deep, arrives on July 31st via How Does It Feel To Be Loved?. The Derbyshire based trio had already shared the first wonderful single, ‘Bleak And Beautiful (All Things)’. Now they are offering another taste from the album in the shape of ‘Hearts Not Parts’, a whimsical song featuring vocals for the first time. “We wanted to make a song that was both poppy and creepy and we used our voices to do that,” said the band’s Sophie Barkerwood. “It isn’t an act of compliance or defiance, it just seemed like the next natural step this song had to take.”
‘Hearts Not Parts’ comes out on July 13th but you can already wrap your ears around it.
Haiku Salut have announced a couple of live shows this summer, on August 7th at The Voicebox in Derby and on August 9th at The Lexington in London.
Two years after releasing the enchanting debut album Tricolore, Derbyshire based trio Haiku Salut have announced its follow up. Their upcoming album, Etch And Etch Deep, arrives on July 31st via How Does It Feel To Be Loved?.
“While Tricolore was the sound of a young band working through their influences”, as the press release describes, “Etch And Etch Deep finds the trio melting those influences to create a sound without joins and without hyphens”.
Speaking about the album, here’s what the band’s own Sophie Barkerwood had to say:
“We went to Norway for a show last year where everything was a little overwhelming and humbling. I think it was the mountains that did that. The people that lived in the tiny village had a huge respect for the landscape, weather and nature that we had never really considered. It changed how I viewed the world and the questionable feeling of coping that came along with that. The album title refers to that. There is nobody controlling your future, you take responsibility for yourself. You make your own meaning.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Haiku Salut are enticing us with the first wonderful single ‘Bleak And Beautiful (All Things)’, slated for a June 1st release. Listen to it below.
Derbyshire based trio Haiku Salut have just unveiled a video for their beautiful and enchanting track ‘Train Tracks for Wheezy’, lifted from their debut album Tricolore. This homemade video, shot in 1926, features a steam train ride through the Canadian Rockies. Here it is.