Turns out Errors have a new album out, entitled Have Some Faith in Magic. I’ve been accompanying my uni work with their album for a few days now, and I must say it’s definitely a keeper.
The overall vibe, for the uninitiated, is sort of an electro melting pot but with a alt. rock drum and guitar. I hate to label, and that description doesn’t do the album justice. You really need to listen to it. In terms of synths, there’s bleep-bloopy 8bit style synths, classic buzzsaw keys and oscillating thereminesque parts. And it’s all held together with often scorching drum parts and a heavy guitar/sparkly guitar almost reminiscent of Mogwai’s early stuff.
Indeed, Errors’ signing to Rock Action is not the only similarity the two share. In fact, the more keyboard-laden approach that we saw the boys from Glasgow create on Hardcore Will Never Die… is also similar in tone to some of the parts here, albeit toned down. But that’s not to say that they sound exactly the same or anything. Goodness no, pigeonholing them in that way just wouldn’t do this album justice
There is a lot of tonal variation on Have Some Faith in Magic, and surprisingly for a synth-laden album (but not entirely synth-based), it doesn’t sound hokey at all. If it wasn’t for the ethereal vocal tones on Blank Media, you could almost be listening to an updated Kraftwerk for 2012. And that’s definitely a good thing! Perhaps it’s the live drums at the heart of it or something. Never does the album barrel into nostalgia-ville full tilt.
Lead single Pleasure Palaces gently segues into the album with a more electro version of Chemical Brothers’ Star Guitar vibe. Very much a travelling song, in my head at least. But then halfway, it changes into a delightfully bubbly arpeggiated line that just rises out of the blue. Accompanied by a toy piano/stars twinkling line, it’s just heavenly. And that’s not something that I can say about a lot of things I’ve heard recently.
Magna Encarta (see what they did there?) has a distinct Boards of Canada sound to it, but a bit more upbeat. Again about halfway through there is a delightful transition into a fanfare of guitar and ethereal vocals. Each track is a bit like a present on this album- you never know what’s inside the box you initially hear.
Caveats? Well if you hate electronica (i.e. keys and synths) this’ll probably not do much for you. Having said that, the laid-back feel of a few of the tracks might surprise a few who don’t normally attend the churches of Roland and Casio. It’s definitely an accessible album.