Track List

Silberblic

Hyena

You Caught Up

Southend After Everyone Has Left

Turncoat

Motorbath

Bad Habits

Ridges

Everybody Runs

Soft Error - Mechanism (LP)
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Record Label: Village Green

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Release Date: 01/13/2017
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A soft error is computer language for a faulty occurrence in a digital memory system that changes an instruction in a program or a data value. When associated with music making, its a name that inevitably suggest the notion, or even celebration, of happenstance and serendipity, and thats certainly part of the spirit evoked by Mechanism, the seductive, widescreen debut album from instrumental duo Soft Error. A largely electronic pairing, Soft Error are otherwise known as Tim and Rupert, both of whom have musical backgrounds in dance music/DJ culture and composition for film, theatre and TV, respectively. Soft Error, however, represents a thrilling new artistic beginning rather than being simply another musical project. Recorded at Valgeir Sigurðssons renowned Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavik, Iceland (a kind of neutral ground, as Rupert is based in London, Tim in Paris), Mechanism certainly proffers a very fresh and singular brand of musical intrigue by reaching back and forward simultaneously to the innovative, propulsive thrum of 1970s Krautrock and the grainy textures and preternatural tonalities of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on one hand and to the symphonic, futuristic soundscapes of composers like Cliff Martinez, John Carpenter and Jon Hopkins on the other. That said, there is also something wonderfully timeless about the albums nine, finely wrought essays, across which synthesisers, keyboards and drum machines are deployed for their sonic and emotion-stirring possibilities, rather than as a nod to any particular niche or trend. Indeed, its Soft Errors enviable facility for fashioning both intimate textural detail and strong melody often in the same song that distinguishes them; that, along with an obvious immunity from stylistic prescriptiveness and an Eno-like ability to comprehend that soft errors in the studio are not always problematic.