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LP Feature/ Fuck Buttons: "Colours Move"

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The underground has a natural disinclination towards success, but in this case, it has made an exception. Even though Fuck Buttons is now officially the world’s most famous experimental duo, Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power firmly remain the darlings of more adventurous sonic explorers. Their gospel embraces Noise, Dance, Sound Art, Rock and Industrial and the band downs this seemingly contradictory cocktail with a passionate belch of pure pop: Being loud has rarely sounded this whistful.

The relentless adrenaline-kick of their triple-r debut album “Street Horrrsing” can be explained by their on-stage education: Power and Hung are not testing their studio figments on unwilling audiences but beaming the energy of the live situation directly onto to their harddrives, into their samplers and straight through their mixing boards. The press has made a point about them being literate, but the idea behind the project rather seems to be that there is remarkably little benefit in showing off your brains if you’re not pleasing the crowd.

“Colours Move”, already the second single off “Street Horrrsing” and a sort of radical instrumental nod towards Peter Gabriel’s “Biko”, certainly pays hommage to this philosophy. A piercingly crunchy distorted Guitar drone opens up the track and will stay online for its entire duration. For over a minute, it just rests in the air immobile and twitching with inner tension. Then thundering tribal percussions and a hymnical organ kick in, the latter gloriously circling the same two chords. Chord layers are added and subtracted as the track marks time while breathlessly propelling forwards, tiny melodies and birds crowing themelves into ecstacy, premonitiously embellishing the incandescent harmonic glow.

On the B-side of the Vinyl, mastermixer and clubdub/acid legend Andrew Weatherall approaches “Sweet Love for Planet Earth” as if it were a remix of “Colours Move”. Eschewing the lengthy Ambient intro of the original, he jumps straight into a groove of hammering riffs and almost stumpy robotic electro-beats. The distorted Black Metal screams are replaced with an epic dramaturgy, leading the music into a soft, meditative middle section and an extensive phase of gradual decomposition. Weatherall refines the oblique outlines and stoneage boulder funk of Hung and Power into much smoother and sexier shapes - shaking his hips with grace and uncovering the seductive potential hiding underneath a shell of rawness.

Weatherall’s approach may turn out extremely valuable for the future. For all their unfettered enthusiasm and excitable disposition, the tracks of “Street Horrrsing”, building on similar instrumentations and repetitive patterns most of the time, can get slightly samey. If the band wants to keep inspiring its audiences as they have up until now, they may themselves want to tap into this source more often in the future. At the moment, however, the streets are there for dancing, as the officially most famous experimental duo salutes the free and the loud, making both feet and colours move.

By Tobias Fischer

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