Written over a two month period in their studio on the edge of the Peak District, Haiku Salut have written a new soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic ‘The General’, and from it they’ve released a new double a-sided single, Loves / Going Back, ahead of the albums release on August 2nd via Secret Name.
The instrumental trio, Gemma Barkerwood, Louise Croft and Sophie Barkerwood give the revered silent film a modern makeover, as both released tracks attest to. Loves begins with gentle, throbbing electronics, which give way to this folky, childlike melody driven from the guitar and piano, delicate yet emotive, charting Buster Keaton’s character Johnnie Gray woo-ing his true love Annabelle. It’s accompanied by a new video, part black and white silent film pastiche, mixed in with a train journey.
Check it out, here
Going Back, which soundtracks a chase scene, is harder edged, with bubbling electronics and scattering percussion underneath these gently sighing treated vocals, and arches of piano and guitar melodies. It’s rather beautiful – listen below.
“Loves”/Going Back” is released on Secret Name on June 7. “The General” follows on Aug 2.