How Does It Feel To Be Loved? (2013)
Unless you closely follow the little known -- but still robust -- musical sub-genre of folktronica, Haiku Salut's Tricolore
will likely be unlike anything you've heard before. In their full-length debut, Haiku Salut -- made up of musicians Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise Croft -- explores the genre and their place in it, and in doing so, presents us with both an exciting and playful plethora of sounds and a feeling of potential.
The band's major influences, including Yann Tiersen, Amestub, and early Múm, are prevalent throughout Tricolore
, as the purely instrumental album engages various sounds and multicultural elements. Each track features layers upon layers of instrumental dynamism: light and playful piano parts, rhythmic and precise guitar and ukulele fingerpicking, dense accordion arrangements, and the occasional energetic percussion. These various parts ebb and flow across the album, sometimes peaking, sometimes falling, and always working together to give the songs momentum and intrigue.