Experimental Music Love

February 22, 2008

Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 3:28 pm

Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing

The name depresses more than shocks or provokes in these enlightened days, but it’s the music that matters, and in contrast to the schoolyard aesthetic of their chosen moniker, the music here shows far more maturity and craftsmanship than one might expect.

 

The influences are obvious, with the apocalyptic post rock nihilism of a pair of guys raised on Mogwai, Slint, Explosions in the Sky and My Bloody Valentine all too evident on an album that does its utmost to make desolation a beautiful thing.  And they succeed somewhat in that quest, even if the version of beauty offered up here fails to also include interesting.

 

It’s a hard task to create a successful album based around the idea of long songs with few words, alternating from sparse dissonance to great pounding rhythms and distortion that aim to engulf all listeners in resounding emotion that concurs all.  It’s something their earlier mentioned inspirations achieved with great success, but amongst the tribal drums, animal noises and fuzzed up electronics on offer, Fuck Buttons fail to create a true emotional impact amongst these four songs that makes them any more worthwhile or effective than their peers.

 

There is imagination here, but it’s limited to a formula.  In the same way that pop bands aspire to traditional format of verse followed by chorus followed by verse, Fuck Buttons have taken the basic concept behind post rock and seem to only be able to write songs that drag on for far too long before an all too predictable climax signals the end of one idea, and the beginning of not altogether different one.

 

For a certain mood, Street Horrrsing is a certainly more than adequate album, with inaudible alien vocals and a more creative percussion than normally associated with the genre allowing a real sense of other worldliness as 2am comes and all you want in the world is music that can take you anywhere.  But it lacks purpose and poignancy.  It’s music that’s been done before and better, and it’s hard to see any real reason to remember this record.

 

5.8/10

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