May 30, 2013

Song Review: Fuck Buttons' "The Red Wing (Edit)"


Fuck Buttons have been a difficult-to-predict beast in noise since arriving in 2008 with their droning HEALTH-meets-Boredoms half-breed Street Horrrsing, and just one year later, seeing the UK duo come into their own by reshaping those complex dynamics into melodically-enhanced electric charges on their remarkable sophomore effort Tarot Sport. Aside from Benjamin John Power channeling his creative energies into the Fuck Buttons lite solo project Blanck Mass, there’s been a four year gap since he and Andrew Hung crafted any sonic semblances under their brand, and in the context of a constantly evolving genre, that’s a really long time. July 23rd marks the much welcome return of Fuck Buttons with the release of their third LP Slow Focus, due out on ATP Recordings, with “The Red Wing” being our first preview of what the two have planned to loudly dazzle our eardrums on this go. “Preview” couldn’t be any more emphasized in this instance, as only a 3-minute-long edit of the final 8-minute album cut is available, but there's an immediate sonic grab to percolate wide-eyed wonder and satisfy the senses in a fraction. The beat, an element that has often resulted in Fuck Buttons' most strikingly sublime moments in their catalog, reveals itself within its first few moments, and it's tripped out vividly with a repetitive backing of psychedelic acid drops that scale toward synthetic skies until they burnout inside a solar storm of reverb. Pegging "The Red Wing" on your playlist somewhere in between polar opposite blueprints of industrial ideas by relative newcomers in the scene such as Wreck & Reference, Pharmakon and Grimes accidentally highlights Fuck Buttons' latest software updates, and despite its edited down nature, it reassuringly suggests an awesome reactivation of ingenuity from Power and Hung.

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