When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015
Where: Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF
We’re delighted to present Haiku Salut, performing their ‘lamp show’ in one of Manchester’s hidden gems.
Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.
Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out last year, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by the Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, MOJO and many more – and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.
After the release of Tricolore, the trio of Gemma, Louise and Sophie toured the UK and France, and won the Green Man Rising competition, going on to give a magical, coming-of-age performance on the Mountain Stage at the Green Man Festival. Writing about the band after the final of the Green Man Rising contest, MOJO and Clash were full of praise for the band. ‘They mesmerised the crowd into silence with their intoxicating blend of delicate electronic textures and collision of curious instruments’, noted MOJO, while Clash said: ‘Haiku Salut’s elegant weaving of minimalist electro tones around warm, somewhat folk-like arrangements – continental of feel, but very British of build – possesses that impossible-to-define X factor.’
Etch and Etch Deep is their new album, released on 31 July. The new album sees the Derbyshire trio melt their folk, classical and electronic influences to create a sound that’s both inventive and inquisitive, at times more boldly pop, at others startlingly impressionistic. The opening track on the album, Bleak And Beautiful (All Things) was called ‘uniquely stunning’ by The Line Of Best Fit, who added: ‘This tune merges worlds and genres with callous disregard for adhering to the norm. We see techno and minimalist beats coalesce with trad folk melodies; pastoral pop pirouette with carnival-noir accordions, tinkling glocks and ambient synths. It’s instrumental post-folk that isn’t afraid to tear up the rulebook and begin fresh,’ while the album itself was hailed as a ‘vividly coloured sonic canvas’ by Popmatters.
This is a rare ‘lamp show’ performance which features an orchestra of charity shop lamps which are programmed to flash, flicker and dance in time to the music.
Support comes from Elle Mary (solo) Drawn to the communicative and bonding qualities of ‘folk’ but explorative beyond its stylistic connotations; enough of a pack member to want a band yet also keen to imbue a sense of solitude through her music, Elle Mary is an artist who operates best when balancing conflicting instincts. It’s what lies beneath the subtle tension that slightly tugs at the heart of her acoustically webbed slowcore minimalism.
Hallé St Peter’s, located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade II-listed, deconsecrated church, which was built in 1859. Having stood empty for decades, it was recently restored to provide rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé orchestra.
Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.