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Haiku Salut present a brand new original score for Buster Keaton’s famous 1926 comedy film The General. The 23 tracks constitute a strangely moving new take, taking in shimmering electronica and haunting ambience, spreading out to vertiginous post-rock and encompassing a whole range of emotions. New meets old, for great effect. 

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The General by Haiku Salut
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7/10 Will Staff review, 30 July 2019

Haiku Salut, the cosmic Derbyshire folk-glitch-techno group, have brought us an original score for the 1926 Buster Keaton film 'The General'. It's a weird and wonderful work that cherry-picks ideas from the worlds of folk and electronica to great effect. 

On this record, Haiku Salut create a good synthesis of the organic and the synthetic. The cavernous dub stylings of 'Train Steal' sits with, rather than opposed to, the piano pieces 'The Crash' and 'Enlist'. It's a great thing when the soundtrack can swoop from one style to another. I always imagine this with regards to that scene in 'The Triplets of Belleville', where the titular siblings are all playing something completely different (a fridge, a newspaper, the spokes in a bicycle wheel) and it sounds perfectly connected though perfectly separate.

I like how the album doesn't sound too cinematic. It would be a temptation to include lots of 'atmospheric' instrumentation but Haiku Salut are more than happy to include straight up IDM pieces and moody electronica. This is why 'The General' is perfectly serviceable as an album in of itself. Whether you're looking for an updated appreciation of the 1926 film or a good modern electronic album, there's something for everyone. 


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