Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream pop and electronica trio from the Derbyshire Dales. The group 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. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Mojo, Drowned In Sound, and many more, and in the summer of 2013, the trio won the Green Man Rising contest, and opened the main stage at that year’s Green Man Festival. In November 2013, the band toured the UK in support to Lau. They later wrote about the experience in their debut book, “Japanese Poems Steal Brains”, a fully illustrated collection of haikus, which told the story of the band to date.
Haiku Salut’s second album, “Etch And Etch Deep”, was released in July 2015, to similar acclaim. The album was awarded four stars or above by The Observer (“the album Four Tet might have made after Rounds’), The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut (“both warmly familiar and completely, fearlessly new”), NME, Clash, Drowned In Sound (“with luminous vibes and electronics that chime, strum, sparkle, dance and glow, the trio evoke worlds within our own”), The Financial Times, God Is In The TV, Gig Soup (“one has to wonder if the band haven’t only created a masterpiece but also a genre that is their own”), The 405, London In Stereo, The Skinny, and many more. In 2017, the trio co-wrote “They Gave Me A Lamp” with Public Service Broadcasting, and appeared on PSB’s top five album, “Every Valley”.
Haiku Salut’s third album ‘There Is No Elsewhere’ was released on 7th September 2018 on PRAH Recordings to further critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars or above by Mojo, Drowned In Sound (“formidable and fragile, beautiful and fascinating”), Clash, God Is In The TV (“a magical and fully realised piece of music”), Exclaim (“exactly what electro-pop can and should sound like in 2018”), Narc (“their warmest, most complex and most quietly thrilling album yet”) and many more, and was generally seen as an artistic step up for the trio. “The record their other albums only hinted at. Here the ambition goes large”, said Electronic Sound.