02.01.13 — “Los Elefantes” by Haiku Salut

Haiku Salut

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Los Elefantes” by Haiku Salut (2013, from the forthcoming album Tricolore).

Haiku Salut is an instrumental folk-rock trio from Derbyshire, England. I know nothing about them They’re three gals who will be releasing their debut album in March on How Does It Feel To Be Loved Records. I got a note about this song in the mailbag a few days ago, and I’m pretty into it, so I’m passing it along to you.

Everything that that’s ever been written about this band includes the phrases “like early múm”, and “they have an accordion”.

I’m running late tonight, so I won’t get too far into the details, but I definitely understand the comparisons to múm.

Here’s tonight’s song, which you can download from the soundcloud page:
“Los Elefantes” by Haiku Salut

For the first 40 seconds, it’s kind of reminiscent of Rachel’s, with the sweeping piano solo. When the accordion and the melodica come in a bit later, it’s something else entirely. Totally folky and pretty cool. The piano continues with that Rachel’s thing, but at 1:46, it takes a sharp turn and all of the laptoppy stuff comes in. That’s when it turns into something that sounds quite a bit like múm. By the way, I’m stunned to discover that I’ve never written about múm.
They keep adding elements and instruments and textural levels throughout the song, and it makes for a pretty wild ride. A wild ride in two disparate parts.

The band’s debut album Tricolore will be released on March 25, and you can pre-order your physical copy from the How Does it Feel web store here.

For extra credit, I highly recommend the official video here. The three “spirits” hanging out in the trees are the band members:

Haiku Salut – Los Elefantes from Haiku Salut on Vimeo.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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