Haiku Salut / Tricolore
An album that can seemingly take you from your dingy flat in Maidstone to inter-railing throughout Europe and back in under 40 minutes
(How Does It Feel To Be Loved)
You wouldn’t expect three young ladies from Derbyshire to create music they label ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronica-Neo-Pop-Something-Or-Other’ but I suppose what better place to create an amalgamation of the most bizarre genres of music, and by the way, their description is EXACTLY how debut album Tricolore sounds. Recently signed to the revered nightclub-come-record label How Does It Feel To Be Loved- Haiku Salut make crazy instrumental folk that’s been infected by a serious dose of the laptop blues, manic sounds and instruments that most bands are too afraid to go near. These girls show no sign of trepidation when creating this album and have utilized the accordion (a notoriously difficult instrument to be diverse with) to breathtaking effect on recent free single ‘Los Elefantes’ – which has been picked up on the late night slots of 6music. It’s a track that’s perfectly suited to the post watershed hours of the day.
The real highpoint of ‘Tricolore’ is the hauntingly beautiful ‘Six Impossible Things’ that starts with dulcet guitar arpeggios’ before gradually more instruments envelope the track creating a foot-stomping finale that’s more of a symphony than a song.
Throughout ‘Tricolore’ the real thing you notice is the composition and the significance textural layering that is on display. It’s a really clever but more importantly enjoyable album that can seemingly take you from your dingy flat in Maidstone to inter-railing throughout Europe and back in under 40 minutes.