Monday 18 December 2017

UK duo press our buttons

What's in a name?: Fuck Buttons
What's in a name?: Fuck Buttons
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Album Review: Fuck Buttons Slow Motion (ATP Recordings) 3 STARS

Calling yourself Fuck Buttons doesn't exactly seem like an astute move for getting your band some exposure, but paradoxically, the duo ended up soundtracking huge chunks of the Olympics opening ceremony alongside techno giants Underworld.

Emerging with a curiously titled debut album Street Horrrsing in 2007, which had a cracking opening track called Sweet Love for Planet Earth, Fuck Buttons have worn their Aphex Twin meets Mogwai influences on their sleeves.

They are one of the very few acts from the All Tomorrow's Parties stable that the promoters have chosen to release records as well as promote their concerts.

And Slow Focus fits in brilliantly with the current infatuation with drone-based compositions, thanks to the return of Boards of Canada.

All this is well and good, but long-term listeners will yearn for the intricate melodies and sense-shuddering blasts of noise of yore rather than this rather plodding, albeit at times very pleasant, fare.

KEY TRACKS Brainfreeze, The Red Wing

Irish Independent

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