With their tender, emotive blend of lilting folk and rich harmonic magnetism Hailaker hold a certain power to make everything around stand still for a while as they offer a warm, melodic embrace to get lost in. Having just released their sophomore record Holding, we caught up with the duo to talk music recommendations, dream gigs and more.

Principally comprised of Jemima Coulter and Ed Tullett, last autumn saw the duo play some of their first-ever live shows supporting American Football off the back of their stunning self-titled debut. At the core of their music is a certain intricate, intimate synergy with stirring, resonant harmonies and delicate instrumentation as each element unfurls gracefully to craft a sublimely transcendent and poignant sonic fauna. Whilst the duo are the founding and primary members of Hailaker, the project is something they view as more of a fluid creative venture, and also encompasses Oregon-based artist Mark Roth who creates their artwork, and Ali Lacey (Novo Amor) amongst others.

Holding is one of those records that feels like a uniquely magical space to be welcomed into and is a real treasure to listen to. Check it out below and get to know Hailaker In Short…

Three words to describe our music…

Ed: Layered, felt, shiny.

Jemima: Hybrid-magic-pop

Last photo on your phone…

Ed: A picture of me watching Fargo to show a friend I was…watching Fargo.

Jemima:

Favourite instagram account…

Ed: bandmemes666

Jemima: Not sure it’s an instagram account but ‘recreate artworks with things you find at home’ facebook page. Mostly dogs dressed up as the girl with the pearl earring and omelettes that look like the scream.

The best venue I’ve played…

Ed: Funkhaus in Berlin

Jemima: Union Chapel for the pre-show explore

Earliest song you remember…

Ed: I guess some sort of 90s pop. Let’s say Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”

Jemima: I mean realistically it’s happy birthday

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Ed: I’ve never had a ‘real job’. My life is a joke.

Jemima: I’ve always made sandwiches and it’s not so bad

The thing I most love to cook is…

Ed: Something one-pot and easy. Curry, Chilli, Bolognese. Lazy and delicious.

Jemima: Everything in the fridge mixed together

A book I love…

Ed: The Hungry Caterpillar. Jemima can help you here.

Jemima: Les belles images – Simone de Beauvoir

Things that cheer me up…

Ed: Ellen, my girlfriend. Or when people you know well do something that is so them, that it can’t help but make you smile. Like Jemima forgetting something and it working out in her favour.

Jemima: That video of the boy and the dog doing a noodle eating contest.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Ed: I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland and it’s one place I haven’t yet gotten to tour.

Jemima: In a massive canyon

I think you should listen to…

Ed: Clem Snide’s new record is really great.

Jemima: Eric Chenaux

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Ed: Probably Radiohead again.

Jemima: Prince

‘Holding’ is out now.