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ERRORS – Salut! France (Rock Action)

Posted: February 4th, 2007, by Marceline Smith

Can Errors do no wrong? Salut! France is quite possibly the most accessible thing they’ve done – condensing all the best bits of all their other songs into one 3 minute pop song, just short enough that you really want to hear it again immediately after. It’s unmistakably Errors with a dark doomy electronic bassline, delicate guitar melodies, tricksy, ever-changing beats and a clever knowingness that puts them up there somewhere between Kraftwerk and the Pet Shop Boys.

Errors must do a lot of walking. Most of their songs have a driving beat at the heart that’s just the right bpm to keep you going and, I find, forego the bus and just walk into town. They also have nicely timed quieter interludes so you can slow down and see what colour the sky is today and how much longer it’s going to take to finish building those flats. There’s a flow and an intricacy to their songs that makes them very easy to fall right into and forget yourself. I’m already quite impressionable but I know if that throbbing bassline kicks back in at an inopportune moment I will quite likely find myself walking into oncoming traffic.

Maeve Binchy on the other side is more downbeat with mournful robotic vocals and layers and layers of shimmering sounds that’s altogether quite lovely. If you’re not familiar with Errors then really, this single is your perfect opportunity, and you really should take it as at this rate their album is going to be, well, the greatest thing ever. Even better, this comes on lovely thick custardy yellow vinyl. I almost want to eat it.

(HAH, I published this and Blogger informed me: “Your blog published with errors.” YES, it did. Well done).

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Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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