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Slow Focus

Slow Focus

21 Jul 2013
4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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So I came to this release having got over the embarrassingly juvenile band name and being the owner of both Street Horrsing and Tarot Sport. The short clips on Amazon are never going to be much of a clue as to whether to splash-the-cash when you are talking about lengthy compositions welded together and so I returned to the two previous albums and gave them a listen (which hadn't happened in a while).

I love the concept of FBs. I love the noises. I love the songs. The problem with the last two albums for me was that, when the songs were lined up back-to-back, it resulted in an aural assault with little variation of light and shade and by album's end, I was always screaming for less. Now don't get me wrong. I'm as noise-addicted and discordant as the next guy - if the next guy happens to love Autechre as much as I do. The albums weren't so much 'nosebleed' as 'bleeding out through the nose'.

What finally drove me to buy this was the (excellent) review by the two dudes at velocitiesinmusic on u-tube who made me realise that this album actually has...LOW FREQUENCIES. Did they get a new piece of kit ? This was what was lacking in the last two album releases. Furthermore, they are used to such great effect on each track that this feels like...(drumroll plz)...an album...with each track having some respect for the previous one rather than being a variation on it. Overall, the album has the right length, the right blend and sufficient variation for this type of barely-controlled, flailing, abrasive noise. At the album's end, I can even contemplate listening to it again...remarkable.

I really do feel that this is an important progression and I doubt that I'll be so hesitant when the next album comes around.
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Aggressive attacking moody and intelligent, this isn't music to listen to, this is music that grabs you by the throat and twists your head around to stare right into your eyes and dare you to turn away! Brilliant
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When Bristol duo F... Buttons came along in 2008 with debut album "Street Horrrsing" and 2009's follow up "Tarot Sport" they gave Electronic music a much needed kick up the back side, they didn't sound like any other band at the time and not only was "tarot Sport" one of that year's best albums it was also one of the Decades best. It's now been four years since that album and of course in between their music was famously used in the 2012 Olympic Games, with "Surf Solar" and the epic "Olympians" both been used. Any chance of the duo deciding to cash in on Olympic success is completely debunked by listening to their new album "Slow Focus", an album that shows they still make electronic music like no one else.

Beginning with the tribal drum beats of album opener "Brainfreeze" before the duos now familiar electronic noise sound creeps in sets this album up nicely, any thought that the band would shorten their songs are completely debunked, not for them 3 minutes short snippets of electronic sounds as what you mainly get are between 4 and 11 minute pieces of music that are like epic journeys taking the listener on a ride you won't forget like the final two tracks on the album the haunting "Stalker" and "Hidden XS". Then there is the brilliant and eerie "Sentients" which brings visions of a 1970's Michael Myers walking down an American neighbourhood after a group of teenage kids.

F... Buttons have now released three fine albums in a row and are proof that there is still plenty of room for experimenting in Electronic music. In a year that has already seen some great releases "Slow Focus" is right up there with the best of them
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I had originally missed this release and was delightfully surprised to see another F*ck Buttons (as it appears on the sticker XD) album I was not expecting. Still swaying along to Blank Mass' last EP I was eager to hear what sonic-scapes the team have made for me under their original name... wow.
I have to admit to rationing myself to Brainfreeze. As an experience it is an assault but one that empowers and uplifts and almost induces a psychotic episode. I have fallen more in love with Re Wing over time, it has a sweetness to it. The first time I heard Princes Prize I was compacted into a Nintendo, shaken up vigorously and poured out as a mess of sprites.
This album has stronger links with earlier work, it has more of Street Horsing than Tarot Sport, however each track does read together as a potential narrative. The title is apt, each sequence evolving, changing throughout the piece but never a complete crescendo or total resolution. I am left asking questions, or in a state of mild bewilderment that is pleasing to a weirdy beardy creative such as myself XD
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An excellent album, which might be surprising as they could have easily churned out three-minute easy-on-the-ear glitch after the Olympic success.

Some intense, beautiful soundscapes created here, with some really interesting individual sounds (at turns industrial, heavy and metallic, interspersed with repeated 'natural' samples) that see the Buttons moving forward with electronica without being too abstract to become pretentious. There are some influences of Aphex and Bola here maybe but this is a unique album and I've played it on repeat since I've had it the last couple of days.

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Experimental without being so abstract to render it
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