Following the announcement of their forthcoming album There Is No Elsewhere via PRAH Recordings on 7 September, Haiku Salut share the second single "The More and Moreness". The track sees the Derbyshire trio working again with Glastonbury Brass, with an ambitious interweaving of electronic and organic, natural and unnatural with the triumphant warmth of a brass band in full flow. The video was shot by their friend and collaborator, fellow Derby-based artist Grawl!x (aka James Machin), and sees them go on a covert mission in the local countryside.
Sophie Barkerwood from the band explains more about the track and video:
"The More and Moreness" started life as the soundtrack for an ice-cream van on the North-West coast. We were asked to write something illuminating for a travelling art exhibit and the bones of this song are it. It used to have a whole different twinkly introduction. A dead music box, in a dreary seaside town, coming back to life. The end section with the accordion loops and the brass band were written very quickly, I barely remember how that came together. One day it wasn’t there and then it was, in all its moreness.
In January 2017 we travelled to Somerset to record the brass sections with Glastonbury Brass, they were amazing to work with. Brass band in winter, a feeling I can’t quite place, belonging or pride? We went for a drink with a few of them afterwards and it was warming to hear about their community.
We wanted to continue the sense of belonging and solidarity in the video and decided to work with our longtime friend and collaborator James Machin from Grawl!x. The video is an inky dark noir, we play a group of revolutionaries working together to bring an explosive change to the World. Much like the brass band, the revolution is bigger than the sum of its part
Following the news of their new album There Is No Elsewhere on PRAH Recordings on 7 September, Derbyshire trio Haiku Saluthave announced a one-off live show featuring a robot orchestra and self-playing instruments – and a tour of their acclaimedLamp Show (in which a stageful of vintage lamps are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music) to follow in the autumn.
The trio will be taking part in The Hexagon Experiment at the Centre For Life in Newcastle on August the 10th where they will be exploring creativity in the age of robotics and artificial intelligence.
There will be a Haiku Salut vs The Robots collaborative performance with the Robot Orchestra who shot to fame on the BBC documentary Can A Robot Replace Ed Sheeran?. They will also be presenting their latest experiments with self-playing instruments. Haiku Salut’s Sophie Barkerwood will then be joined in conversation by the University of Manchester’s Professor Danielle George, the creator of the Robot Orchestra project.
The Hexagon Experiment takes place as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 in Newcastle and Gateshead over six consecutive Fridays with other performances and original commissions from Jane Weaver, Anna Meredith, Stealing Sheep andLauren Laverne. Tickets are free, from the link below.
Haiku Salut consists of multi-instrumentalists Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise Croft. Between them, Haiku Salut play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukulele, drums, and melodica. Their music also features electronic elements, which they refer to as "loopery and laptopery". Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band released their debut album Tricolore in 2013, to critical acclaim, which was followed in 2015 by the equally acclaimed Etch And Etch Deep. They recently collaborated with Public Service Broadcasting for the track "They Gave Me A Lamp", which featured on PSB's top five album, Every Valley. This year’s release, There Is No Elsewhere, is Haiku Salut’s first album for neo-classical and electronica label, PRAH Recordings.
Haiku Salut , the acclaimed trio from the Derbyshire Dales, share “Cold To Crack The Stones”, the first taste of their forthcoming third album, There Is No Elsewhere, due out on 7
September via PRAH Recordings. Breathing colour, joy and widescreen ambition into Haiku Salut’s distinctive re-imagining of dreampop and rural electronica, “Cold To Crack The Stones”, begins with a
manipulation of a NASA recording of pulses emitted by lightning before giving way to the emotive power of Glastonbury Brass. It also provides an uplifting introduction to the album’s theme of
solidarity and belonging.
“The idea of togetherness and community inspired us to work and record with a brass band,” explainsSophie Barkerwood. “We took a mid-winter trip to Somerset to record with Glastonbury Brass which was an incredibly humbling experience. To hear our songs being played back at us by championship musicians was something else. There was such a warmth of feeling and hope and community.”
Musically, the track continues Haiku Salut’s exploration of the relationship between organic and electronic, natural and unnatural.
“We like to keep a nearness between the natural and unnatural,” says Sophie. “I think there’s often a dichotomy with recorded music - our brains automatically want to know if it sounds ‘live’ or constructed. I don’t think it needs to be that way. The electronic elements sound processed and glitchy and the physical instruments - brass, accordion, guitar - all lead the emotion and provide the human element, the fallibility. We recorded sounds of the woodland and chopped it all up into wonky rhythms and textures and nestled it all next to the familiar warmth of electric guitar and the triumph of the brass band.”
Haiku Salut consists of multi-instrumentalists Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise Croft. Between them, Haiku Salut play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukulele, drums, and melodica. Their music also features electronic elements, which they refer to as "loopery and laptopery". Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band released their debut album Tricolore in 2013, to critical acclaim, which was followed in 2015 by the equally acclaimed Etch And Etch Deep. This year’s release, There Is No Elsewhere, is Haiku Salut’s first album for PRAH Recordings, the neo-classical and electronica label run by Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi.
“Cold To Crack The Stones” is the first song to be released by Haiku Salut since They Gave Me A Lamp, their collaboration with Public Service Broadcasting, which featured on the PSB’s top five album, “Every Valley”.