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Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport

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The second full-length from U.K. duo Fuck Buttons is an impressive shift toward accessible melodies without sacrificing the experimental grit of their '08 debut, Street Horrrsing. As such, it's inappropriate to call Fuck Buttons a noise group, per se. Sure, they shun the verses, choruses and whatever else goes into what most people call songs. But the drifting rhythms and crystalline sounds in "Surf Solar" and "Space Mountain" lay out a blueprint for the group's restrained ears. There's nothing harsh about the album's modernist industrial and math rock structures. Even as the buzz and mutant cut-ups on "Rough Steez" morph into obtuse beats, there's a soothing quality to the clutter that reaches in through your brain, grabs ahold of your guts and tugs you along ever so subtly. (ATP Records) 4 stars out of 5

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