Tuesday, June 25, 2013

REVIEW: Haiku Salut - Tricolore

Haiku Salut constructs instrumental indie pop from classical, folk, electronic and experimental elements.  And I urge you not to reject sampling the charms of their LP, Tricolore, even if some of those elements are not found among your usual musical fare.  This is music played with intelligence, passion, craft and wit.  The players are capable of noodling on small scale, and blasting with wide-screen cinematic grandeur.  Without the need for lyrics they can convey love, confusion and sadness.  Well, they do have an assist with song titles such as "Sounds Like There's A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart" (ouch, I've been there).  Instrumentation includes pianos, glockenspiels, accordions, ukuleles, and electronics.  One of the revelations is how well the electronic contributions mesh with and complement the more traditional instruments, while adding an element of playfulness.

Tricolore is a promising debut from an inventive band, and I expect we will hear more good things from them in the future.

The group consists of Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood and Louise Croft, and are based in Derbyshire.  They also had the assistance of other musicians in making Tricolore.  The album is released by the How Does It Feel To Be Loved label, and is available in vinyl, CD and digital formats from the Bandcamp link below.

And by the way, the band is too kind to leave us adrift as to the pronunciation of their name, so their have guided us on their website.  Repeat after me: High-coo Sa-loo.

How Does It Feel To Be Loved

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