Monthly Archives: February 2010

Errors – Come Down With Me

8.9/10

Errors are an electronic-based instrumental post-rock band from Glasgow, Scotland.

Errors‘ sound starts somewhere around instrumental rock in the vein of Mogwai(owns Rock Action to which they’re signed) and takes a sharp turn towards synth-pop, stopping just short of ‘pop’ and instead turns to focus on synthesizers and mixed drum use(drum machines + drums) to anchor their sound. Sprinkle-in a few guitar loops and subtle sound effects and the result is a library of music with a deep, driving quality that is rarely predictable.

The evolution of Errors’ sound over the last 4 years didn’t really change much on their first couple of 7-inches and EP(Hans Herman, How Clean Is Your Acid House?, Salut! France). They maintained a pretty straight-forward formula that mainly emphasized a leaning towards a more beat-oriented style with light elements of post-rock. Then in 2008 they released their first LP, It’s Not Something But It Is Like Whatever and their new path was clear: They would still maintain a clear leaning towards synth-dance but with more of an incorporation of post-rock. As I said previously, this was something I didn’t see coming but I thought it worked well and was amazed at how well it all came together.

This brings us to 2010 and Come Down With Me. Whatever post-rock was incorporated before is now thoroughly entrenched in their sound and is now the focus of most of their efforts on this LP. While they haven’t lost their mostly beat-oriented style entirely, it almost seemed a logical next step in their creative evolution. Though their songs have changed slightly in favor of a more traditional rock style, their typically diverse pace of tracks remains intact and the result is an album that has a flow that never misses a step while taking you up and down with tempos and crescendos that keep you guessing where they’ll go next. I suppose that if you were listening to Errors strictly for how much you could play them in your nightclub, this will disappoint you. If instead you were listening to them for how much diversity and depth they bring, this won’t be a sock in the stomach for you in the least.

With their ever-continuing nonconformity, Errors deliver a solid record that lives up to the standards they set for themselves on previous efforts… 8.9/10

MP3: A Rumour In Africa

MP3: Supertribe

Small Black/Washed Out Split EP

9.7/10

Small Black and Washed Out are electro/experimental/new wave bands from Brooklyn, NY and Perry, GA respectfully.

Even though this will probably be the shortest EP or album that we’ll ever review on this site, I felt it was worth mentioning… mostly because I’m a fan of both bands and I didn’t get this site up and running in time to review both of their records.

Washed Out’s sound is electro/new wave that blurs the line between 80s pop and modern synth pop. In effect, they took from the 80s what we liked about them and left the rest behind. Small Black’s sound is basically in the same vein, but in a more droned and lo-fi light. Each band remixes a song by the other and as a result, makes the other better. Its as if we get a fairly cohesive representation of what they would sound like if they were a single band. Unfortunately, we’re only given 2 songs and a live performance by Small Black to really get an idea of it before its all over. Other than it being far too short, its wonderful stacked on wonderful.

A split EP that truly captures the envelopment of 2 bands into 1… 9.7/10

MP3: Washed Out – You’ll See It (Small Black Remix) Small Black/Washed Out EP

MP3: Small Black – Despicable Dogs from Small Black EP

MP3: Washed Out – New Theory from Life of Leisure

Beck to be featured on new TOBACCO record

In case you’re not familiar with TOBACCO, hes the frontman of electro/experimental band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Not only that, he branched off from BMSR in 2008 to release Fucked Up Friends on Anticon. His follow-up effort will not only feature 16 new songs, it will also feature Beck. The tracks ‘Grape Aerosmith’ and ‘Fresh Hex’ have officially been announced as Beck-TOBACCO collaborations. TOBACCO isn’t new to collaborations, but this is definitely his highest profile grab by leaps and bounds.

The new record, Maniac Meat, will drop on May 25th.

Dirt (feat. Aesop Rock)

Street Trash

The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire

The Radio Dept.‘s new album, Clinging To A Scheme is being released on April 21st, but in the meantime they recently gave us another reason to get excited. Heaven’s On Fire is the 2nd track on Clinging To A Scheme and also the 2nd song thats been released in promotion of it if you count their David EP, released last fall. Both are featured on the bottom for your enjoyment. Check back in April for my clearly biased review…

MP3: Heaven’s On Fire

MP3: David