Artist of the Week: Fuck Buttons

Artist of the Week on Musikki - Fuck Buttons

Artist of the Week on Musikki – Fuck Buttons

Fuck Buttons are an electronic duo formed in Bristol in 2004 by Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power.

After some highly praised early live shows and the resilient Internet success of their first 2007’s 7” single “Bright Tommorow”, the duo released Street Horrrsing the following year, an experimental six-tracks debut shaped by noise patterns, psychedelic drone, menacing voice distortions, tribal rhythms and monotonous beats that (apart from the lazy Aphex Twin’s comparisons) was at the time pretty hard to pin-down, but surprisingly easy to enjoy. 2009’s Tarot Sport, their sophomore effort, showed a subtle stylistic shift from their melodic experimental noise to an electronic approach to post-rock structures that made for the first time evident their Mogwai and Goodspeed You! Black Emperor influences. Their popularity and overall recognition became quiet evident when two track of their second record were featured separately during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony and one from Power’s solo project Blanck Mass was covered by the London Symphony Orchestra during the raising of the Union Jack.

Slow Focus, their third and new album, continues Fuck Buttons’ successful journey to noise textures and (this time) subtly danceable “dronescapes”, confirming they occupy a quiet unique place in today’s electronic scene.

 

João Pedro da Costa

João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.