Starting as a bedroom recording project, England's Salako began casually inrecording in drummer Luke Barwell's bedroom, with guitarists David Langdale and James Waudby, drummer Luke Barwell, and friend Stu on bass. The band's light, wistful sound appealed instantly to fans of international indie pop. Barwell moved to bass guitar inand Stu changed to keyboards.
Thomas Spencer joined the group on drums. The band soon drew the interest of England's Jeepster Records. After some unimpressive studio sessions, Jeepster realized that the bandmembers were more adept at home recordings, so the label financed a home studio for the group. Their debut album, the song Re-Inventing Punctuationwas released in on Jeepster to mixed reviews. The album, at the very least, introduced the band's quirky and offbeat sound to people outside of their hometown of Hull, England.
Musicality was released in The track album impressed listeners with its vast sound and cleaner recording than its predecessor.
A slew of guest musicians added to the richness of the Salako - The Moonlight Radiates A Purple Glow In His World sound. The Bird and the Bag single was released in to complement the album.
The band's audience continued to grow. Langdale left the band in lateat the end of a European tour with Pavement. The remaining members set out to release four EPs over a month period. Each disc was titled after the places where and dates on which the cover photos were taken.
The Mappleton Sands EP was released in Octoberand included six songs that sounded more like folky psychedelia than the light indie pop fare that the band started with. The second in the series, the Baby What You Want Me To Do - The Blues Busters - Behold How Sweet It Is EP was released in May Soon after, Luke Barwell left the band to record Salako - The Moonlight Radiates A Purple Glow In His World work under the pseudonym of Bitmap.
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