Fuck Buttons, "Slow Focus"
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Either way you want to interpret the name Fuck Buttons, it works. Maybe it's sexual or maybe it's just, you know, screw those buttons, man. Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power are really getting at those buttons.

Slow Focus, the duo's third LP, is another immersive and extensive display of production prowess. It's also a record that requires time and patience. The first single, “The Red Wing,” needed a special radio edit for release because the full run-time is close to 8 minutes.

That track is also the most radio-ready. It's the point where the album moves into the club. The blow-out bass end drones underneath laser-fire, radar bleeps and steady snare and cymbal hits. But first Fuck Buttons wades in with even longer, more ambient tracks. It starts with the tumultuous energy of “Brainfreeze” and segues seamlessly into “Year of the Dog,” which opens queasily, with squiggling, tinny synths and an increasingly frantic pulse.

The peak might be the next to last song, “Stalker.” Many of the same sounds as “The Red Wing” are there, but it's a different beast. This time, the pulse is slower and the movement is more majestic and measured. It's the kind of thing you expect to hear in a dystopian sci-fi video game, only much, much more interesting.

As an album title Slow Focus, slow focus works as well as the band's name. Take it slow.

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Focus. The final two tracks clock in at more than 10 minutes and the duo packs it with detail. They risk losing your attention, but they're working really hard to keep it.