Selections: Elder Island
Welcome back to Selections, a series of artist-curated playlists from those in the know.
Today’s entry comes courtesy of Bristol-based trio Elder Island. Earlier this year, the band – made up of vocalist and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat engineer Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth player David Havard – shared their irresistible second album Swimming Static. The long-awaited project drifted dreamily between introspective electronica and more indie-leaning elements, with spoonfuls of upbeat pop and neo-soul mixed in with the kind of casual confidence possessed by big-name culinary wizards.
For their Buy Music Club playlist, the band centre their picks around the theme: ‘summer sun, summer rain.’ It’s rather apt, really, given both the UK’s changeable weather and unpredictable summers, and our affinity for music that reflects our surroundings at any given time – or temperature. Skating from the funk stylings of Nu Genea to Angel Olsen‘s indie-funk experiments – via Mulatu Astatke, Don the Tiger, porij and more – whatever the weather where you are, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest below.
Elder Island play alongside Maribou State, Floating Points and Jungle at Labyrinth Open Air on 7 August.