Music paste up: Laura J Martin, Trwbador and Haiku Salut

// 11 March 2013

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Haiku Salut, courtesy of Hermana.bmp

Hello and welcome to this weeks music post up!

Laura J Martin first came to my attention late last year when I stumbled across this amiable and nonchalant singer/songwriter performing live on Mark Riley’s show on 6music. The startling quality of her otherwordly folk inspired music sat at odds with the aforementioned amiability and nonchalance, and I was intrigued.

Laura has been busy this year, and the clip below shows her performing the Japanese folklore inspired track ‘Fire Horse’ at London’s Union Chapel.

While Laura J Martin is a comparatively new voice, Trwbador, a boy/girl duo from Carmarthenshire, really are newly minted. According to the press release, they operate “from the attic of a flat they share in rural Carmarthenshire.” Debut single ‘Safe’ comes across like a particularly beguiling blend of Melys and Mum&Dad and can be heard below. The band’s self titled album will be out on the 1st April.

Haiku Salut hail from the Derbyshire Dales and describe themselves as a “Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other”, their debut album, “Tricolore”, is released on 25 March.

According to the bands press release, Gemma, Louise and Sophie “first met at university in 2006. They played together in a few local bands but decided to attempt something slightly more ambitious when Louise was given an accordion for Christmas in 2010. They pinpointed Tiersen and Charest as influences, as well as cult Swedish folktronica trio Detektivbyran, and then booked a show before they’d written any songs. In an intense four week period, they wrote their first six songs, three of which ended up on their debut EP, ‘How We Got Along After the Yarn Bomb’, which came out in 2011. The highlight of the EP, ‘Vowels As Clear As Church Bells’, subsequently featured on the soundtrack for the short film Three Creatures.”

The surreal ‘Los Elephantes’ can be watched, listened to and baffled by below.

Haiku Salut are currently on tour, and can be seen on March 23 in Leicester at The Firebug, at the Buffaolo Bar in London on the 28 March and in Derby at the Deda on 13 April.

Video commentaries:

First video: Laura J Martin performing the track ‘Fire Horse’ live at the Union Chapel in London earlier this year. Laura is playing flute as well as singing.

Second video: Haiku Salut, ‘Los Elephantes’. A young man travels to London by train. A man sleeps on the seat across from him on the train. At the station, he has a meal. We next see him walking about near what looks like London Bridge, having a smoke. In a busy street, he sees a figure in a gas mask holding a number of red balloons. He follows the figure through an archway. There is a flash of light, and he finds himself in what appears to be a country park. Startled and disconcerted, he touches and stares at the wall now in his way back to the street. He turns around and sees a red balloon. The band are hiding amongst the trees and watch him as he tries to catch the mysterios masked figure with the balloons. The film then cuts to him being on what looks like the Millennium Bridge. There is a shot of an abondoned gas mask by the bridge. Very confused, he runs across the bridge and out of shot.

Picture of Haiku Salut provided by Hermana PR. Picture is made of up three images, one of each member of the band. The middle member of Haiku Salut is standing directly in front of a gate whereas the other two are study in front of walls covered by foliage and flowers

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