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Four years ago Fuck Buttons proved their phenomenal debut album was no fluke with a similarly amazing Weatherall-produced effort, and now for the first time they’re producing themselves on album number three, ‘Slow Focus’, further refining their uniquely accessible blend of ambient noise, overloaded analogue, subtly euphoric melodies and grinding buried beats. It doesn’t t ...

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Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons
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10/10 Mike Staff review, 17 July 2013

Four years ago Fuck Buttons proved their phenomenal debut album was no fluke with a similarly amazing Weatherall-produced effort, and now for the first time they’re producing themselves on album number three, ‘Slow Focus’, further refining their uniquely accessible blend of ambient noise, overloaded analogue, subtly euphoric melodies and grinding buried beats.

It doesn’t take long for them to stamp their authority on proceedings, starting strongly and getting stronger by third track ‘The Red Wing’, with ominous rumbling swells and hypnotic minimal beatwork over a drifting patchwork of dronefuzz and synth countermelodies, then things step up yet another notch with ‘Sentients’ introducing some busy tumbledown beats and weird broken noises over layers of smooth synth drift. Great double shot right in the middle of the album.

‘Prince’s Prize’ is a shortish piece with loads of modular blooping, slow-building synth drones and crunchy beats, it sounds like Plaid having a breakdown, with some trademark FB intensity coming towards the end. The two longest tracks come at the close. ‘Stalker’ has ominous drones compressed against a chilly Carpenteresque beat while a shrieking guitar wails out a slow melody, joined halfway through by a volcanic wall of fuzzed guitars backing up the melody with sheets of pant-messing rumble before closer ‘Hidden XS’ repeats the trick.

It’s still the same fairly basic formula I suppose - slow-drifting melodies and repetitive beats anchor proceedings while synths and guitars layered and layered into walls of intensity that keep building even when you think there’s nowhere left for them to go - but there’s no denying it’s an effective one and once again Fuck Buttons have surpassed themselves with this new album. Quite spectacular.


6/10 Gregor Omelasz Customer review, 24th July 2013

After hearing a lot about this duo, I thought I'd indulge myself into having a listen. The results were mixed to say the least, technically speaking, there's not a whole lot wrong with this record, but, at the same time it isn't pushing my buttons. The ideas are definitely there, but on the majority of the tracks present on this release, I'm thinking of other artists who can do better, and that's never a good thing.

Maybe I'm just spoiled by how rewarding 2013 has been, or maybe this record just isn't as masterful as most deem it to be. Either way, I was underwhelmed, and FB will join a long list of artists that I won't pay all that much attention to.

As always though, I hope I'm wrong.




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