Derbyshire band Haiku Salut could find themselves part of a chart-topping album this week as Public Service Broadcasting battle for the top spot with their album Every Valley.
The Welsh coalmining concept album – ‘musical journey down the mineshafts of Ebbw Vale’ – is currently at number four in the UK album chart and includes recordings of former miners, vocals from Manic Street Preacher‘s James Dean Bradfield as well as instrumentals contributed by Derbyshire three-piece Haiku Salut. It is battling for the top spot against Jay-Z, Haim and Ed Sheeran, who is currently defending the top spot after a 14-week reign.
Posting on Facebook on the album’s release Haiku Salut said, “It’s been a privilege to be a small part of something that feels so vital. This Drowned in Sound review really hits the nail on the head ‘Every Valley is certainly an important and timely record. It has something important to tell us about the times we live in and the hard, heartbreaking lessons we should all be learning from the past’.”
They aren’t the only Derby band to find themselves in the charts this year after Unqualified Nurse Band entered the Official UK Singles Chart with double A release Death Surf A52 / White Dove in April.
Haiku Salut are currently working on their third album – following on from their critically acclaimed 2013 debut Tricolor and 2015 follow up Etch And Etch Deeply, both released through the How Does It Feel To Be Loved? label. Based in the Derbyshire Dales the three piece – Louise Croft, Sophie Barkerwood and Gemma Barkerwood – are renowned for their multi-instrumental electro-pop and neo-folk sound using ‘accordions, ukeleles, glockenspiels, pianos, loopery and laptopery’.
The album chart position is a first in the top 10 for Public Service Broadcasting, who said on Facebook, “Ermmm we appear to be at #4 in the UK albums chart. On pretty much any measurable level this is ridiculous – thank you very much for the support, for supporting independent music and for allowing us to continue doing what we love doing for a living. It really is a privilege. Thanks also to the enormous cast of contributors, collaborators and colleagues who helped us release the album and supported and encouraged us during its writing and recording. Onwards – lots of love, PSB HQ.”
You can buy Every Valley from the usual digital outlets. Haiku Salut have announced a performance of their lamp show in London on 16 December. Debuted in April 2013, the Lamp Show sees the trio accompanied by a stageful of vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music – information and tickets here for the December 2017 show.
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