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Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons, Fuck Buttons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATP Recordings
  • ASIN: B002L132R4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. The Lisbon Maru 9:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Olympians10:54Album Only
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BBC Review

Street Horrrsing, the debut LP from Bristol-born duo Fuck Buttons, saw Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung mint an ingenious formula. The set-up they used – a hotchpotch of keyboard, laptop, children’s toys, floor tom, and plenty of effects pedals – more or less resembled the kit used by modern experimental/noise bands such as early Animal Collective or Black Dice.

But whereas many young bands would use such an assembly as a springboard for sonic experimentation, the pair sounded much like they’d already hit on their signature sound – and while this sound was often abrasive, it felt rather more concerned with blissful washes and ecstatic peaks than any more lumpen feats of eardrum battery.

Following Street Horrrsing, Power and Hung toured for 18 months. The result is Tarot Sport – a record that, while not a radical change of style from its predecessor, has certainly picked up some lessons from the road. We commence with Surf Solar, a 10-minute epic that commences in a Milky Way of glimmering synthesiser but soon focuses into a gigantic psychedelic stomp chilled by cold washes, strafed with electronic chatter and tethered down with a heavy four-to-the-floor beat – think Sasha’s 90s trance epic Xpander reworked with some wicked-sounding pedals and levels well in the red.

It’s not the only cut from Tarot Sport to show a new resolve in moving the crowd. The Lisbon Maru, a plane of shuddering delay-soaked synthesiser that’s slowly propelled skyward on a martial drum salute, and the climactic Flight of the Feathered Serpent are master classes in the art of gentle builds and dancefloor traction.

Yet actually, the longer you linger on songs like Olympians and Space Mountain, the more realise this band’s greatest skill is in creating earworms, melodies that sneak into your head and stay put. Just like sometime tourmates Mogwai, Power and Hung have a way with a misty, nostalgic tune that might not take hold immediately, but slowly drip-drips into your consciousness.

A noise band with tunes might sound like a contradiction in terms, but Fuck Buttons have carved out a sound that owes more to personal inspiration that tradition, and here it works like a dream. --Louis Pattison

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Precise 2009 album ... hot on the heels of their 2008 debut! Blast-furnace art-rock 'n' psychedelic digi-distortion from the blinding Bristol duo. Produced by their biggest fan Andrew Weatherall! Includes "Surf Solar".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Wow, this album is brilliant. Surf Solar kicks off and sets the standard for the rest of the album - almost 2 minutes of ethreal, spaced out bliss before a deep base drum comes in and is followed by a wall of melodic noise that doesn't hold up for the next hour. Rough Steez introduces aphex twin style tweaks and twiddles, and if you heard the base in a club it would hit you in the very pit of your stomach. The Lisbon Maru is a beautiful, building kaleidoscope, which melts seamlessly into Olymplans. Like most other tracks on the album both are close to ten minutes long - these boys don't like to rush things. Phantom Limb gets industrial, and Space Mountain sounds like it could be beaten out by an African tribe. The album closes with Flight of the Feathered Serpent, probably the best of a very good collection of tunes. Just as you think it is wrapping up at the end with some very Underworld-like basedrums, so the Buttons bring back the hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck harmonies that started the piece.

This is certainly not trance, in fact it's difficult to shoehorn into one category. But that's part of its originality and part of its brilliance. Just buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If this album consisted of only one track and that track was "Olympians" then it would blow most other bands off the planet. Luckily the whole being the sum of the parts "Tarot Sports" is much bigger beast than that. It is easily the best electronic album since "Autobahn" or D J Shadow did the final take on the titanic "Entroducing" and sent it off to the record company.

This is the sound of modern music being re-invented. The sheer volume and magnitude of the sound created by the F Buttons is mind boggling. The shimmering synths, weirdly euphoric melodies, the Spectorish production that concentrates on raw power and the emotion invested in this music makes you feel ever so humble.

Q magazine accurately and eloquently stated that "The seven tracks clatter and surge with gleeful, filthy distortion as waves of squall are layered like the sonic booms of multiple jet engines."

This Bristol duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power are pretty uncompromising and have clearly drawn from those other giants of that city namely Massive Attack. Many of the tracks build slowly and clock nearly ten minutes. In addition the adoption of the bands name is hardly designed to get them on the Christmas edition of Top of the Pops.

Its a cliche but there is not a bad track on the album. In addition to Olympians I particularly love the dense and edgy "Rough Steez" which clocking in at just less than 5 minutes is one of the shorter tracks. Both "Space Mountain" and the "Lisbon Maru" feel vast and repay constant listening as new sounds emerge and nuances appear.

I played both "Surf Solar" and "Flight of the Feathered serpent" in my car I thought the doors were going to fall off while and I could barely see through the back window since it was vibrating that much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic delight! 5 April 2014
By Lola
Format:Audio CD
This Bristol duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power, with the help of the famous producer Andrew Weatherall, created one amazing record. If you give your full attention, one hour of your time to "Tarot Sport", and listen to it undestructed, the chance is, it will blow your socks off.

There are seven tracks on this album, all of them surprising and joyous. There is this amazing opening track, "Surf Solar", which is over 10 minutes, but 10 glorious minutes, slowly building up only to shoot in array of musical extravaganza. There is "The Lisbon Maru" (my favourite?) which comes in waves and layers and sweeps you off you feet. There is the mammoth of the track, "Olympians", which is as ambitious and monumental as it is gratifying.

You know what, I love this album, it's absolutely fantastic for the sleepless night and/or a long road trip. I wish there were more albums like that. So positive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HeadF**K 25 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Now that's what I call totally mindblowing!
How would you describe Tarot Sport? A mutant hybrid of Tangerine Dream and God Speed You Black Emperor is as close as I could get!
Pulsing, building bubbling psychadelic synths, martial drums, throbbing, pulsing, growing songs that deliver.
The production by Andy Weatherall is nothing short of perfect.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shameless brilliance 22 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to be introduced to FB at a live performance (thanks Mogwai!) and was initially bemused by the chimp-like antics and heavily distorted budget synths, a feeling that was quickly replaced by a sense of wonder at their enthusiastic and shameless brilliance. I quickly got my copy of "Street Horrrsing" and loved it.

"Tarot Sport" seems to me to be a natural progression on "Horrrsing", a more considered and dare I say mature work, equally as consistent as "Horrrsing" but with a smoother and more refined feel. Gone are the distorted vocals to be replaced by almost lush textures.

I guess it's all a matter of taste, but there's something undeniably wonderful, optimistic and honest about Tarot Sport. Enjoy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Trance. 21 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album constitutes almost one hour of gently thumping electronic music which manages, somehow, to both energise and relax. Each track flows along, blending almost seamlessly into the next, and the net effect is subtly uplifting, balancing, harmonising and refreshing. It is a welcome antidote if, like me, you've been indulging heavily in effusive and emotional vocal stuff; it's almost like you can feel the alpha waves growing with every beat. :)
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Propulsive high energy
Electronica this is, noodling plinking ambient it ain't! The equivalent of hard rock,without guitars etc......absolutely love it for its energy
Published 3 months ago by paul crowe
2.0 out of 5 stars Random weirdness!
Only bought this 'cause I had some free vouchers, still wish I hadn't bothered downloading it tho. Completely boring and unmusical!
Published 3 months ago by I. P. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut
British elecronica is alive and well :-)

I've listened to lots of Berlin - School German electronica over the last twenty-five years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A L Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the juvenile name put you off....
Elements of Eno (what hasn't though!)' boards of Canada, chemical brothers, mogwai - of course and many other uplifting electronic music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. J. Sharp
2.0 out of 5 stars Souless Computer Muzack
I bought this based on the good reviews. The album seems to be made by a computer. Loops that change pitch. 2 tracks (2 + 5) that agitate you like bad Chemical Brothers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim Fowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonically Superb
If you like Orbital or other euphoric dance noise you will love this. Track 2 blows my mind like a sonic steam engine with a bronchitis cough on an antibiotics high while track 3... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Psysonic
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't kid yoursefl that this is a noise album
I really wanted to enjoy this album more than I did. Although I find individual moments on Tarot Sport pleasant enough, I wonder quite why the band gets so hyped as there is very... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by Joe 90
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy smooth sounds that last for ever
If you can imagine underworld with out the singing set to a heavy ambiunt background then your half way there. Read more
Published on 19 May 2010 by R. J. Skelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Mood music for the ears
I far prefer this to their first album which at time was like the Amazonian jungle.This album is a beautifully crafted set of tone poems and extremely relaxing. Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Mr. David A. Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars Euphoric instrumental wall of sound
Instrumental
10 min songs
all slow builders
constant drone / wall of noise / absolutely not one break (even between songs)
Very uplifting
lots of layers to... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2010 by Marc Ingram
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