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 commentary: 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.
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