Glaswegian "post-electro" trio Errors return with their fifth LP Lease Of Life via Mogwai's Rock Action Records. If the title track is anything to go by, expect a predilection for more arpeggiated synths and plenty of layers, alongside sounds the band haven't previously toyed with until now.
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There's an old man at our place who gave me grief because I took this home to listen to it in order to write some words about it. "They're one of my favourite bands! Bring it back!" he pleaded with a weary my-dog's-just-been-run-over type face. "Well why don't you review it then?" I ingeniously retorted. "No time" he says. No time to write some words about his favourite band. Too busy reading Lord of the Rings or playing Candycrushsaga no doubt. So I took it back, he listened to it again. Still, again, I didn't even realise it was on. It's one of those albums. Like most of the stuff many folk are making. Emotive anthemic dream pop with extra wish-wash. Now here it is again in my laptop annoying me via some wires into my ears.
Yeah, it's quite lush-sounding, finely crafted electronic dance pop from an outfit who have matured into something quite unrecognisable from the scrappy electro/rock munchkins they once were into one of those rhythmically deft and finely-honed glossy festival propping acts with nods to Egyptian Hip Hop, Wild Beasts, Vondelpark, Friendly Fires and Mount Kimbie - that kind of thing. The production is real lovely and densely layered; all soft mid-paced pattering beats, lush swaying grooves and heavenly bubbling melodies from their swirly flamboyant synth boxes and impenetrable but emotive Glaswegian harmonising from their Mogwai-fed mouths. Celestial post-rave euphoria that will no doubt be hailed as "their best yet".
Yet, I don't know why but the only track I really appreciate here is the superb 'Dull Care' with wondrous vocals courtesy from a jewellery and textile designer called Cecilia Stamp, who incidentally graces 'Slow Rotor', another highlight. Maybe the guys just shouldn't sing at all and leave it all to Cecilia?
Errors have made around a squillion records by now, they have a very loyal fanbase and are obviously, by now, very talented people. But I just can't engage with this album, there's fuck-all edge....this is The Spoon, not The Knife. A bit listless and ploddy for the most part. Sorry to our Ian but Errors need a new 'Lease of Life' to these ears.
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