Elder Island

Elder Island

Elder Island is an irregular shaped crop of land in the arctic. It's also the moniker of a Bristolian trio who’re bringing their own asymmetrical style to the classic guitar, bass and keys set-up.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 8 Apr 2015
  • min read
Elder Island is a remote and irregular shaped crop of land in the Canadian arctic. It is also the moniker of a luminous trio from Bristol, who’re bringing their own asymmetrical style to the classic guitar, bass and keys set-up.

Their soulful sound combines earthy cello and emotive female vocals, all cloaked in subtle electronic rumbles and echo.

Together, Katy Sargent, David Havard and Luke Thornton have been intermittently producing and playing music together since they met while studying.

Their combined musical tick echoes elements of Rhye, Mt Wolf, Laura Mvula and Little Dragon, and has been going down a storm on the blogosphere ever since they released their debut track What It’s Worth last summer.

We spent 30 seconds with the Gilles Peterson-endorsed band to find out more…

We first started writing music because… 
Katy bought a cello, wrote a song and when we heard she could sing we knew we had to start playing together.

We have been making music since…
Luke's furnitureless room at university where all we had were a few scraps of a drum kit, a cello, a guitar and a cheap Casio keyboard.

Our music is… 
Hard to describe.

You'll like our music if you listen to… 
Us.

Our favourite venue is… ?
Colston Hall foyer perhaps. It was a top gig to play.

Music is important because…
It tickles the ears and excites the brain.

Our biggest inspiration is…
A conglomerate of all our little inspirations.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Ummmm, Prince?

To try us out, listen to our song… 
If brooding, Garden. If dancing, The Big Unknown

If we weren’t making music we’d be… 
Making other beautiful things. We all have a strong drive to create.

In 10 years’ time we want to be...
Happy and prosperous... Luke would also like to own a butterfly farm.?

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