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Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

It was just a few weeks ago and the city was awash with excitement. I was in a flat with some friends about to watch the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. The opening scene of Danny Boyle’s masterpiece was a camera flying down the Thames, but… Wait… What was that in the background? “Oh my god, it’s Fuck Buttons!” I yelped. No one was interested. But they should have been.

Fair enough, it might not have been exciting as the five weeks that followed. However now the athletes have all gone home, I think the time is right to celebrate the inclusion of this quirky Bristol pair’s music in the greatest show this country has seen. Mr Boyle, particularly in light of their offensive name, this was a bold move and I salute you.

Anyhow, the song that was played at the start of the Olympic countdown was Tarot Sport’s opener Surf Soler, and what a fine track it is too. Starting with a basic staccato electronic sequence, the track builds lusciously, layer-by-layer into a full-blown epic. That, as you find out from later tracks on the album, would appear to be the Fuck Buttons style. Begin with a basic theme, be-it drum, bass or weird beeps, and then expand it by adding layers. It’s a simple blueprint, but one that is surprisingly effective. No tempo changes, no lyrics, no funny business or catchy gimmicks, this is almost industrially created music and in the right frame of mind, it is almost flawless. The Lisbon Maru is my personal favourite and blends seamlessly into Olympians (which was, rather more logically, also used in the opening ceremony).

It’s not an album that will change the world, nor is it one that will inescapably burrow into your brain, but it is one that provides the perfect soundtrack to everyday life. Tarot Sport is the score for a film that hasn’t been made, yet everyone has experienced. It is “Daily Grind OST”, and you should let it into yours… You won’t be disappointed.

by Harry Harland

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