New Relics... The oxymoron is no error
Review: Errors – New Relics
Published on October 4th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Following on from their warmly received Have Some Faith in Magic LP of earlier this year, Glasgow “post-electro” troupe Errors keep things ticking along nicely on this eight-track mini-album, also released on Mogwai’s Rock Action label.
Opener “Engine Homes” enters the fray with splatters of colourful synth, sounds creaking and swirling in the midst of a delightfully shaded mix, paving the way for “Ammaboa Glass” to steal the show with a squidgy, crinkly rhythm section that constantly nudges the overlying daft keyboard notes into keeping a straight face. Ethereal vocals meld into the general layer of atmospherics surrounding it all, with extra added dimensions coming in the form of fuzzy guitar and a rather dated-sounding drum machine, all of which adds up to something akin to a spaced-out Battles.
Swirling swarms of celestial minor-key-dom inhabit “Relics”, “Gros-Bon-Ange” crams sticky, clicky and shuddering synaesthetic treats into a running time of under two minutes, while crystalline closer “Pegasus” rustles behind its wispy synthery and shimmering guitar work like a creeped-out Beach House. You know a band is on to something when they have you spooning out adjectives such as ‘crinkly’ and ‘sticky’ – or, at least, you should know – so have yourself a taste of New Relics, each track in video form if you so desire, and then get on Errors’ three prior full-length albums.
Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!
New Relics is out now on Rock Action. For more information, please visit www.weareerrors.com
Errors will play the following live shows in October:
Oct 6th – Tolbooth, StirlingOct 10th – Soup Kitchen, ManchesterOct 11 – Sound & Vision Festival, NorwichOct 12th – Hoults Yard, NewcastleOct 13th – Electric Circus, EdinburghOct 17th – Bodega, NottinghamOct 18th – Heaven, London (supported by Esben & the Witch)Oct 19th – The Cooler, BristolOct 20th – SWN Festival, Cardiff