Album review: Haiku Salut - Etch and Etch Deep
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★★★★☆ With 2013 debut Triclore Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut created their own musical universe. Like the birth of our own existence this record was formed from disparate elements colliding to form life. It was chaotic but beautiful. Etch and Etch Deep is their musical universe settling down and taking solid form, as the chaos subsides. In the twinkle of electronics a single breath kicks off opener ‘Bleak and Beautiful (All Things)’ as a cascade of beats and piano flows into the sounds of folk-tradition - accordion and glockenspiel drive the melody. It is the perfect statement for the record that follows in both name and sound, representing both the optimism and underlying melancholy of the band’s unique music. Etch is not a huge departure from the debut but illustrates a band becoming more confident in their myriad ideas and musicianship. ‘Hearts Not Parts’ is a folk-infused slice of grandiose post-rock that blends voice into the composition in the most beautiful, uplifting manner. This is also the case on ‘Things Were Happening and They Were Strange’ which is the ‘heaviest’ track Haiku have produced and is goosebump inducing from start to finish.
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