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Tarot Sport

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2009 sophomore album from the British Experimental duo, produced by Andrew Weatherall. With Tarot Sport, all the indications are that Fuck Buttons are gonna follow in the footsteps of the likes of Animal Collective and have one massive crossover album on their hands. The album is one of unbound possibility and lucid cohesion; a cerebral pilgrimage that refines, crafts, explores and develops the experimental aesthetic of last year's critically acclaimed debut, Street Horrrsing. Tarot Sport takes things to another level through a combination of their own ambitious aims and the application of Weatherall's clear-sighted, rule-defying precision and attention to sonic detail. The seven tracks on the album reflect a new-found complexity of sound that Fuck Buttons immersed themselves in, strived for and achieved with startling results.

1. Surf Solar
2. Rough Steez
3. The Lisbon Maru
4. Olympians
5. Phantom Limb
6. Space Mountain
7. Flight of the Feathered Serpent

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATP Recordings
  • ASIN: B002L132R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Bidwell on October 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I listened to this album for the first time, a thought popped into my head: this is how My Bloody Valentine would sound like if they traded in their drums and guitars for keyboards! It's fantastic!

This album is a bit more accessible than their last, and equally as enjoyable. The album is made up of series of long tracks, each of them multi layered and complex. There's a lot going on here, so beware: this album might be best enjoyed via headphones and a heaping dose of concentration. Nestled in those tracks you'll find moments of shimmering beauty, and moments of (sometimes) ugly loudness, but it'll all make sense when you hear it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Quentin Compsen on December 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let's see, the band's name is pointlessly vulgar, the album and song names seem to have come out of a random word generator, there's no singing, no melody and the songs are endlessly repetitive, all of which makes for a record that is...utterly thrilling! If Steve Reich, Brian Eno ("Another Green World") and Primal Scream ("Xtrmntr") had a love child, this record would be it. And that's a good thing.

If you insist that pop music must consist of standard verse and chorus, with neatly structured melodies and singing, this isn't for you. But if you are open to the sonic possibilities of modern music, this is one mind-blowing record. FB manages to make music that is mind-pulverizing, fantastically energizing and cerebral all at the same time, a pretty impressive trick. What they do best is layer sound and rhythms and counter-rhythms together, and then keep adding more and more layers until the songs build into something of staggering proportion. Yet order somehow comes out of chaos. "Olympians" is the best track, which builds into an organ chord progression (all of this probably comes out of a synthesizer) that is nothing short of majestic. The organ then recedes and gives way to a series of high synthesizer tones that is, yes, wonderfully melodic. "Lisbon Maru" isn't far behind, with its devastating fuzz-bass-like riffs and marching-band-on-speed drumming. My only complaint is with the last track, "Phantom Limbs," which is marred by cheesy grade-B sci fi movie sound effects.

If FB can build on the best ideas here, they could come up with some amazing stuff. To me, this is the best record of 2009, edging out other great indie records by Animal Collective, Antlers, Grizzly Bear, etc. If you're open to a little adventure and aren't afraid of a little sonic chaos, you should check this out. (I can't believe I'm only the 3rd reviewer -- this stuff needs to be heard!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve P on December 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I cannot stop listening to this album. I have listened to the track "Lisbon Maru" dozens of times, and I never get bored of it. "Rough Steez" has recently been captivating me. "Olympians" and "Space Mountain" are some of my favorites. This band is amazing at layering sounds and building beats that continue without being boring. The album as a whole is an outstanding progression of tracks that adds to the enjoyment. Where their album "Street Horrrsing" was hard to listen to for me, this album has become a constant inhabitant of my "Now Playing" list.

I rated this at 5 stars. However, I realize that this album is not for everyone. I discovered this band with this album and I've shared songs with many of my friends. What many say is that the songs are boring or repetitive. These songs have no vocals, and many times, beats continue through the middle of a song, which many people find grating or annoying. If you liked "Horrrsing," though, you will love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Froberg on February 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Beautifully structured melodic chords that Moby wishes he would have composed hammered down with some tough hard house Chemical Brothers style beats has made this my favorite album of the past year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anton on January 7, 2010
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Buy this now! A new adjective should b invented to describe how good this is. Totally infectious.
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Format: Audio CD
2nd release from Bristol, England duo is an epic & compelling electronic soundscape
journey into a post-rock/disco wonderland--where celestial beat/drones of grandiose
scope retain a clean & simple fascination that evokes an irresistible stadium-sized mystic
simplicity. A swelling sonic vortex that sucks you in like U2 dancing (or sometimes just
swaying) to the Ventures' "Telstar" in a club on the deck of the Enterprise.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marblehead Johnson VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After listening to the first F Buttons album, I have to admit, I was skeptical to hear their second effort. I thought the first record was just another ho-hum, glitch-pop effort from one of the numerous groups trying to produce noisy electronic music. However, the one bright spot I found connected to the first record was the Andrew Weatherall Remix of the single "Sweet Love For Planet Earth". Having been a seriously hardcore fan of Weatherall for 20 years now, I make it a point to seek out everything he does, and this mix was far more interesting than any of the album versions. Well, apparently the F Buttons themselves agreed with me, because what they heard made them feel that they could do well to have Weatherall right there in the studio with them helping them twiddle the knobs, and bring his unparalleled creativity into the mix. And boy, was that ever a good decision on their part.
Tarot Sport is some kind of brilliant album. It's a quantum leap from their first album, and Weatherall's production qualities are all over this record, to the point of it sounding more like a Weatherall album than anything else. For those who were around in the early 90's, and loved Weatherall's band, Sabres Of Paradise, you will find a lot to love on Tarot Sport. Making a comeback on this album are disparate melodies, the meshes of sounds, the rolling drum patterns, and the overall euphoric quality of the music. This entire album sort of reminded me of how I felt when I first heard "Smokebelch" back in 1993..simple music, but taken to its most lush extreme.
And that is really what Tarot Sport is all about. It takes very basic ideas & melodies and transforms these sounds into something altogether different. It's not enough to simply sit back and add a good beat to these melodies.
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