THURSDAY 5th JANUARY: HAIKU SALUT + TRUST FUND + TOTALLY
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything trio from the Derbyshire Dales whose talent for combining joyous folk, intricate electronica and spellbinding neo-classical has seen them compared to everyone from Beirut to Sigur Ros and Aphex Twin. 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, and their second album, “Etch And Etch Deep”, in July 2015, both to huge critical acclaim. The band are are famed for their mute performances, allowing the music to cast its magical spell.
"Spellbinding folktronica from the edge of the Peak District. If Sigur Ros shared a cottage in Dovedale, they might just sound as magical as this." (Uncut)
Trust Fund is Ellis Jones and friends who make the kind of melancholy power pop you wish you had heard during your awkward years. Rough strumming, yearning, ranged vocals and with a hint of Elliott Smith delicacy, it’s the perfect combination to fall in love with. Their new album “We have always lived in The Harolds” is out now.
“An indie pop masterclass where raw beauty is coupled with flashes of pure power.” (Louder Than War)
Totally are a London five-piece who have quietly amassed a loyal audience since their formation in late 2015. Featuring former members of Exlovers and Feathers, Totally formed when friends Jade, Laurel and Fliss spotted Susan playing drums as part of Pete Astor’s live band. They press-ganged her into joining their new project and the group later recruited bassist Franny to complete the line-up. Their early demos (recorded by Sauna Youth’s Lindsay Corstorphine) immediately caught the attention of several labels and promoters. Each member of Totally brings their own influences and life experience to the project, resulting in a sound which draws from DIY, sixties girl groups, Australian guitar pop and 90s R & B to result in something completely fresh.
“A super laid back, far cooler Sugababes — meant in the best possible way” (Record Of The Day)
+ DJ Ian Watson (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?)