Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
What are Fuck Buttons? Dance masters? Techno wizards or experimental noise nuisances? On the basis of Tarot Sport, their second album, the answer would be, all of the above.
The album opens up with first single, ‘Surf Solar’, a brooding and menacing epic that reminds us of the brilliant Sabres Of Paradise. Hardly surprising then, that the man doing the knob twiddling is Sabres creator, legendary DJ, producer and remixer Andrew Weatherall. His influence is obvious throughout and the tendency for unfocussed, noise-filled noodling that could be found on debut Street Horrrsing has been reigned in - although not completely eliminated. A prime example of this can be found on ‘Rough Steez’, a horrible concoction of beats and noises that go nowhere and just seems to have been placed here to annoy. Fortunately, at under five minutes, it is the shortest track on display here and is soon forgotten as ‘The Lisbon Maru’ returns us to the luscious rhythms that opened up the album.
‘Olympians’ is the centrepiece of the album, an epic masterpiece that could easily soundtrack the official film of any modern Olympiad. Only Kraftwerk have managed to portray the beauty of a sporting event in such a way and I can think of no greater compliment than that. The rest of the album follows in a similar vein with ‘Phantom Limb’ being a slight throwback to annoying noise but again, that is quickly dispelled with the final two majestic pieces: ‘Space Mountain’ and ‘Flight of The Feathered Serpent’ combining all the best elements of the album to bring us to a satisfyingly raucous conclusion.
Be warned, ‘Tarot Sport’ is not an instantly easy listen. In fact on its first appearance on my stereo the CD was very close to being removed and forcibly evicted in to the street. Perseverance, however, is rewarded with a well-crafted and ultimately infectious slab of modern techno noise.