Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut (pictured) entranced us in 2013, when they won the Green Man Rising competition (earning a main-stage slot at the prestigious Welsh festival) with a set of charming, electronica-blushed baroque pop. Since then, their reputation has grown – as befits any band of their evident ability – and they begin 2015 with a new, one-off collaborative single.
‘Periscopes’ sees the three working alongside Bristol’s electronica ensemble Jilk – the groups met in September 2013, at said city’s Grain Barge, and a friendship formed. What began as a project to rework Haiku Salut’s ‘Six Impossible Things’, a track from their ‘Tricolore’ LP, eventually blossomed into a wholly new composition, which you can now hear, and see, exclusively on Clash.
‘Periscopes’, released on February 9th via How Does It Feel To Be Loved, is very much a complementary marriage of the traits that characterise both acts – there’s the charmingly delicate oddness of Haiku coming through clearly, while the sparkling chimes of the Jilk side of the equation are equally balanced. It’s a little psychedelic, and decidedly becalming. Just the medicine for anyone starting their Friday with gloomy clouds above their usually bright faces.
This video – which begins a little creepy but soon enough breaks into joyous colour – is directed by Edinburgh Cinefringe award-winner (for short drama Best Man) James Sampson. Haiku Salut are in the process of finishing up their second LP, scheduled for release later in 2015, while Jilk issue an EP later in the year.