Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons on Apple Music

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The British duo F*** Buttons are probably suffering—to some degree—from the downside to having a name that requires asterisks for certain media outlets. Slow Focus, the duo’s third full-length release, shows again that the Buttons—what with all the permutations the name is subjected to—are incredibly good at what they do. Rhythmic machinations push and pull squealing, pinging, whooshing, humming synths and brittle, staccato percussion into a myriad of shapes and forms, and their instrumental prowess shows a keen awareness of how critical it is to put something fresh into each track. Two guys (Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power, who met in art school in England) use a bunch of electronic gear—and other odds and ends—to make some utterly entrancing music, all without lyrics or anything like a “hook.” You can headbang to “Brainfreeze,” zone to “Stalker,” and get robot funky on “Sentients.” You won’t sing along or hum a melody in the shower, but the Buttons have made sure you'll remember.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The British duo F*** Buttons are probably suffering—to some degree—from the downside to having a name that requires asterisks for certain media outlets. Slow Focus, the duo’s third full-length release, shows again that the Buttons—what with all the permutations the name is subjected to—are incredibly good at what they do. Rhythmic machinations push and pull squealing, pinging, whooshing, humming synths and brittle, staccato percussion into a myriad of shapes and forms, and their instrumental prowess shows a keen awareness of how critical it is to put something fresh into each track. Two guys (Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power, who met in art school in England) use a bunch of electronic gear—and other odds and ends—to make some utterly entrancing music, all without lyrics or anything like a “hook.” You can headbang to “Brainfreeze,” zone to “Stalker,” and get robot funky on “Sentients.” You won’t sing along or hum a melody in the shower, but the Buttons have made sure you'll remember.

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About Fuck Buttons

The Bristol, England-based experimental duo Fuck Buttons -- Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power -- formed in late 2004 and signed to the ATP label, releasing the "Bright Tomorrow" b/w "Little Bloody Shoulder" 7" single during the fall of 2007, with live dates throughout England (with Liars, Stars of the Lid, and Deerhunter, to name a few) following soon thereafter. They released their first album, Street Horrrsing, which was produced by Mogwai's John Cummings, in 2008. The duo drafted Two Lone Swordsmen's Andrew Weatherall to produce the following year's Tarot Sport, which found Fuck Buttons moving in a blissful, more overtly electronic direction. That album's "Olympians" was used during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony along with the track "Sundowner" from Power's solo project Blanck Mass. He and Hung self-produced Fuck Buttons' expansive third album, Slow Focus, which arrived in July 2013. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Bristol, England
  • FORMED
    2004

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