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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.

Haiku Salut - etch and etch deepEtch 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.

The trio remain impossible to define only offering glimpses of their influences – flourishes of Yann Tiersen’s Amelie soundtrack, the bubbling organic electronic-pop of mum and twee indie-pop – but they are their own band entirely, taking from the past, present and future with a kind of ‘future nostalgic’ ode to music and culture.

Giving Haiku Salut labels is to limit what they really are, which is unique, wonderful and enthralling – Etch and Etch Deep is document to this fact.

In this time of turmoil, political conservatism and right-wing strife this is the album we needed.

Haiku Salut provide the soundtrack to the world I WANT to live in and to everything that is most beautiful in the world.

By closer ‘Foreign Pollen’ the band have delivered an exceptional instrumental album that indicates they have the potential to produce an all-time classic record.

The only reason Etch and Etch Deep should not get full marks is that there is obviously more to come, and it will no doubt get better and better with each release.

There’s so much more of Haiku Salut’s musical universe to explore, and this album shows that it will be quite the journey.

Etch and Etch Deep out on How Does It Feel To Be Loved now.

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