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Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (2008)


I’ve got nothing to do and nowhere to go, so bear with me here. This will probably be of no interest to anyone, but fuck that. It’s my blog innit.

Earlier tonight I downloaded Fuck Buttons’ (such an awesome name, I think you’ll agree) debut album after reading a very favourable Pitchfork (yes, I do browse Pitchfork once in a while, sad to say) review of it. Sounded interesting, so why not check it out, I thought?

Fuck Buttons are an experimental electronic (for lack of a better term) two-piece from Bristol, England, and they peddle a sort of hypnotic noise music. Imagine the motorik-fueled bliss of Neu! (or Kraftwerk, even) filtered through the tribal stomp of (early) Boredoms (or perhaps even Animal Collective?) under beautiful, droning synthwork and layers of noise that Merzbow or Masonna wouldn’t be ashamed of producing. Oh, and distorted-as-fuck vocals here and there for good measure.

The perfect meeting point between pure, loud-as-fuck, oppresive noise and beautiful minimal pop? Perhaps, just perhaps.


Repetition is really the name of the game here, with every track on the album clocking in at over 6 minutes (6 tracks in 50 minutes, you calculate the average length), and thus it’s not going to be fun for those of you who regularly ingest 3-minute pop songs (not that the album would be easy to ingest even if the tracks were all condensed into 3-minute pieces). The two aren’t afraid of letting synth notes drone endlessly or a particular drum pattern repeat over and over and over (the track “Bright Tomorrow” is 7:42 and the drums pound in a constant 4/4 for most of it) but they make it work, and somehow things don’t get boring. In fact, the repetition seems to enhance the tracks, adding a certain tension that really works wonders. Definitely a world away from “easy listening.”

Whether it’s the hypnotic drone of opener “Sweet Love for Planet Earth,” the blown-out distored-as-fuck synth drones of “Race You to My Bedroom / Spirit Rise” or the chug-chug of the aforementioned “Bright Tomorrow,” it’s undeniable that Fuck Buttons have put out something quite special here. If I was to make a case for how it’s not how complicated your musical ideas are but how you mix and match them that counts, then I’d put Street Horrrsing on. And, if I bothered to make “best of” lists then I’m sure that, come December, this album would be on my “best of 2008” list. And somewhere near the top, too.

Download.

(Link stolen from We Are The Brain Washers)

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