Introducing: Soft Error

Introducing: Soft Error





Electronic duo Soft Error will release their debut album ‘Mechanism’ through Village Green on 6th January. Recorded at Valgeir Sigurðsson’s renowned Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavik, Iceland, ‘Mechanism’ will be available on CD, vinyl and as a download.


Available as an instant grat on i-Tunes, you can now listen to album track ‘You Caught Up’, which was written and recorded in Paris, arranged in London and mixed in Iceland:


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, it’s a name that inevitably suggest the notion, or even celebration, of happenstance and serendipity, and that’s certainly part of the spirit evoked by ‘Mechanism’.


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’.

‘Mechanism’ offers a fresh and singular brand of musical intrigue by reaching back and forward simultaneously – drawing from the innovative, propulsive thrum of 1970s Krautrock and the grainy textures and tonalities of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on one hand, 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 nine, finely wrought essays on ‘Mechanism’, across which synthesisers, keyboards and drum machines are deployed for their sonic and emotive possibilities, rather than as a nod to any particular niche or trend. Indeed, Soft Error demonstrate a facility for fashioning both intimate textural detail and strong melody, often in the same song.


‘Mechanism’ track listing:

1. Silberblick

2. Hyena

3. You Caught Up

4. Southend After Everyone Has Left

5. Turncoat

6. Motorbath

7. Bad Habits

8. Ridges

9. Everybody Runs

‘Mechanism’ is available for pre-order here:

iTunes | Rough Trade

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