Track Review: Fuck Buttons “Bright Tomorrow”

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    fuck bPossessing a name that has no place in polite conversation, and makes any kind of Google research feel like a queasy stroll through the wrong section of a video store, you’d expect UK experimental duo Fuck Buttons to be a bit extreme. Most of their single, “Bright Tomorrow” is actually quite lovely. The beat is relentless and in-your-face, it’s true, and the crackling white noise loops don’t resemble a prom closing slow-dance. But, when smoothed over by pretty, tranquilly hanging, keyboard notes, it resembles a Brian Eno ambient arrangement that attempts to wrestle with even newer genres like noise and club music. The parts are violent, but the whole seems calm. More distortion begins amassing around the two-thirty mark, which still doesn’t prepare you for the demented screaming that makes an appearance thirty seconds later. The neat trick is how the rising flood of surrounding tones overpowers what would have probably been one abrasive element too many. They sound psychotic, but miraculously never lose their cool.