Monday, 20 February 2012
Have Some Faith In Magic
Album: Have Some Faith In Magic
Release Date: 27/1/2012
Scottish soundscape warriors transport you to a beautiful, dream- like and thrilling world and sound totally at home on album number three
When bands make an album in which the music is the main entity and should be pushed to the forefront, it is essential that it is the MUSIC that contains the largest part of their effort and focus, and thus is the most prominent feature. Scottish sonic wanderers Errors have, over the course of their increasingly electronic catalogue, manipulated and shifted instruments, noises and atmospheres into affecting, often criminally underrated soundscapes. Their third full- length "Have Some Faith In Magic" features the same kind of clinical precision and emphasis on the music, as well as being perhaps the band's most vocal record to date.
Whereas before it was guitars, drums and math- rocky intelligence by which Errors chose to make their creative mesh work, "Have Some Faith In Magic" is there most electronic album to date. Having included inflections of dance music in the past, it's not a total re- invention. Coupled with the fact that Errors are not the kind of band to put their name to a sound without having a good crack at it, it's a sound that the Scottish trio find themselves totally comfortable with. "Tusk" opens up in a flurry of looped swirls before becoming a chiming duel- force of clear- cut post- rock guitars and glacial synths. Throughout, Errors adapt to their new climate by keeping the sense of epicness and a background of dextrous synths to use as a platform, and this skill and passion runs through "Have Some Faith In Magic" almost unfalteringly.
"Magna Encarta" is a 6- minute epic of beautifully shimmering synth interplay that ends up sounding rather pensive and paranoid, and as a whole composition it's fantastic. "Blank Media" is the album's first slow- number, and is beset wuth reverb- laden synths that are eventually lured in to becoming a soft and pattering background noise to a gorgeous lead- guitar line and vocals soaked in haze. The album's most unashamedly cheesy moment (not that there are many) comes with the Pet Shop Boys- on- acid romp of "Pleasure Palaces." It swells and grows, is persistently percussive and rhythmic whilst being awash with a whirlwind of different and often glorious synth melodies as well as reverbed vocal harmonies.
As the album progresses it consistently marries the sublime, dream- like melodies with wake- up- call epicness to brilliant effect. "Earthscore" contains a pulsating bass line and ampidextrous bouts of percussion and a rolling synth undercurrent inflected with stabs of Ibiza- esque euphoria. "Cloud Chamber" is perhaps the most otherworldly moment here, a fest of calming guitar repetition and squelching synths.
"Have Some Faith In Magic" keeps any intricacies of former works in toe and places them in a new environment which Errors, more or less, make completely their own. When it's not thrillingly adventurous it's passively pleasant, and endearingly comfortable. It seems that Errors, in more than one sense, have got the best of both worlds.
Download: 1) "Magna Encarta", 2) "Pleasure Palaces", 3) "Cloud Chamber"
For Fans Of: Holy Fuck, Battles