Peckham is like nowhere else – at the moment – spawning a whole heap of emerging musicians such as King Krule and Filthy Boy to name a mere couple, as well as providing a creative hub that rivals, and is gradually overtaking the über-trendy East-End. And towards the top of the proverbial pile of promising upstarts are Haraket: an electronic quintet, emerging from school and college bands in and around the area.
With just two songs available on the band’s Soundcloud Page, it’s safe to say that these are still early days for the outfit, although a surrounding buzz has already began to generate. As the two available tracks ATTGO and Taint make up Haraket’s debut single, released through Melodica Recordings earlier this year. The former is an eerie, melancholic recording, offering a dark, albeit danceable, percussive element that’s reminiscent towards the beginning of the Dubstep craze, gradually building into a wall of sound that comprises a plethora of synths and samples. While Taint initiates with a guitar-led introduction, soon accompanied by the sweet vocal tones of the band’s singer and songwriter Abigail Hardiman, having garnered a fair amount of national radio support, as well as remixes from local artists King Krule, and Jamie Isaac.
A brand new EP release next month, and album scheduled for 2014, is sure to kick start the next chapter of Haraket, and with the recent success of their local contemporaries, we can certainly expect a glorious new year for the South-London five-piece.