Album Review of Mechanism by Soft Error.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2017
Record label: Village Green
Soft Error are not into disclosure – the duo go merely by the names Tim and Rupert, and only vaguely does any press release reference their background in dance culture or soundtracking. The art for debut album Mechanism is no more helpful in this regard, whilst the entirely instrumental nature of their music ensures that the curtain never raises. Admittedly, it is refreshing these days to listen to a new artist without the distraction of knowing anything about them, even if it does unfortunately reduce their opportunity to stand out.
Forged in what sounds like a land of cinephiles and misanthropes, Soft Error’s Mechanism is a bewitching album which sees the electronic duo evoke the work of John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, Cliff Martinez and more. Sombre piano chords begin album opener Silberblick, their dispirited tones soon helped to their feet by a gentle ripple of electronic pulses. We’re in science fiction territory here; the dystopian synths that glide over the track’s foundations are bleak, yet comforting in their filmic familiarity.