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Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing

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The debut long-player from Bristolians Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power is full of ambition and mind-warping sonic perversity. Designed to be listened to in one go, with each track bleeding or segueing into the next, it's like a soul-brother to 70s psyche-synth works by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, albeit one fixated on the more extreme noises to have emanated from labels Warp and Rephlex, with occasional excursions in to a glitchy electronic retooling of trash metal. Most tracks continue way past the five minute mark, surging and ebbing at an unhurried pace, exploring every avenue and possibility. At times the listener can feel can feel veritably drowned in the pure, unrefined sound Fuck Buttons summon; the eviscerating landslide noise they've created.

Opener 'Sweet Love for Planet Earth' takes its sweet time evolving from a twinkling reverie into a fuzz-spewing behemoth before fading into the dilated afrobeat of 'Ribs Out', a spooky ritualistic funk which, with its syncopated percussion and disembodied screams, sounds like world music excursions of Brian Eno and David Byrnes' My Life in the Bush of Ghosts stretched to the point of cosmic calamity. The metallic tide that opens 'Okay, Let's Talk About Magic' sounds as it's about to break into an awesome industrial techno anthem but instead just batters you past the point of insensibility with an edifice of gradually eroding noise, eventually resolving itself into a squelchy funeral march that's bizarrely close to the Terminator theme. 'Bright Tomorrow' could almost be a floor-filler, with its four-four beat and rising, spiritual organ. In contrast, 'Race You to the Bedroom - Spirit Rise' sounds like something even noise mongers like Alex Empire or Merzbow would probably consider a tad extreme. Last track 'Colours Move' combines more depthless noise with another field recording-style African beat, creating something simultaneously new and ancient, although you can't be sure which element fits into which category.

It's often said that Eskimos have hundreds of different words for 'snow'. Fuck Buttons probably have about the same amount for 'noise'.

Best tracks: 'Ribs Out', 'Bright Tomorrow;, 'Okay, Let's Talk About Magic'

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