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, Rock’N’Reel 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 Barkerwood, Louise Croft and Sophie Barkerwood 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.
Ed Dowie started making music in the late 1990s with Beta Band labelmates Brothers in Sound. After releasing three EPs and an album on Regal Recordings, the Brothers disbanded, and Ed was left to fend for himself in university libraries and underground bunkers. After spending several years composing scores for theatre and short films, Ed joined The Paper Cinema, a puppetry/animation/theatre/music hybrid that tours across Europe and occasionally further afield (as well as in back gardens in North London). In 2012, Ed decided that he would finally return to the music business with his (imaginatively self-titled) solo career.