There’s something intrinsically animalistic about acoustic instruments. Just hearing a congo drum sweeps the mind up and dumps it on a fantastic island in the middle of the pacific. The beat, beat, beat, beat, slams into your ears and takes over your heart. That feeling is a pretty wonderful one, and it’s a feeling that Errors absolutely own on their fourth album, Lease of Life.
This animalism runs through Lease of Life and distinguishes the album entirely from the massive body of work that is indie-pop. It’s no surprise though, that these tropical instruments have worked their way into the core of the album; it was formulated entirely on the Hebredian Island called Jura. Colossal Estates, the opening track, sets the scene for Lease of Life and instantly you are there, vibing out with the band on the beach.
But this is no exercise of meditative breathing music. No, Errors want to party with you. They play thudding bass beats meant for the stomper clubs of Berlin in concert with a heavenly sitar on the track called Lease of Life. They force traditional indie-pop down your throat, gently lubricated by steel drums and xylophones on Slow Rotor. And even take you to a futuristic version of Jura on Dull Care, where synthesisers playing second fiddle to bongos and pan-pipes.
The only place Lease of Life falls down is the overindulgent 14-minute progressive track Through the Knowledge of Those Who Observe Us. Unlike the tasty 3-4 minute tracks that populate the rest of the album, this closer struggles to really grab your ears long enough to allow proper appreciation of the intricate layers and delightfully quiet synthesisers that fill the track.
In all, the album succeeds where many other bands of Errors’ genre fail. Errors try new instruments and new sounds. Though some tracks sound like variations of a track by Black Cab or Hot Chip, Errors do succeed with Lease of Life. Book me the next flight to Jura, because I want what Errors are having.