Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing

Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing

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Fuck Buttons

Album: Street Horrrsing
Label: ATP
B-

Fuck Buttons

Album: Street Horrrsing
Label: ATP

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Fuck Buttons begin their first album with a cycle of twinkling notes, a quiet thread of temptation that holds briefly as currents of noise, synth chords, and incoherent screams gradually build. The British duo appreciate subtlety, but can't resist clobbering themselves with textures that come on like a tidal wave of wet cement, spreading and thickening across long-stewing chord progressions. Street Horrrsing's first five minutes—about half of "Sweet Love For Planet Earth"—capture the exhilaration that comes from using melody to shape a huge mess of static. But as one track dissolves into another, the wonder starts to flake away a bit. The bird calls and clickety drumming of "Ribs Out" come on with all the disorientation of Black Dice and about half the sophistication. Frustration and exhaustion seem like natural parts of the FB experience: "Okay, Let's Talk About Magic" and "Bright Tomorrow" can bring hypnotic irritation on one spin and hypnotic relief on the next. That's a credit to FB's spontaneity and its comfort with contradictions, especially this one: The album backs up its momentous tone, but builds too few moments.

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