3 questions (ou plus) à Fuck Buttons (en VO)

Fuck ButtonsQuatre ans après la sortie de Tarot Sport (dont les titres Surf Solar et Olympians ont été utilisés lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture des JO de Londres en 2012), Fuck Buttons revient avec un nouvel album Slow Focus, 7 titres aux ambiances complexes, puissantes et avant-gardistes, dont la sortie est annoncée pour le 22 juillet 2013 (mais que vous pouvez écouter en avant première ici).

A cet occasion, l’excellent duo anglais de Bristol Benjamin John Power et Andrew Hung a très gentiment répondu à nos questions. En version originale !

How your music get into the Olympics opening ceremony in 2012?

Benjamin John Power (BJP) : Rick Smith from Underworld was working with Danny Boyle with the music used in the Opening ceremony. He called us up and asked us out of the blue. We weren’t sure in what capacity our music was going to be used in the ceremony until just a few weeks before it actually took place, so we were just as surprised as everybody else when it happened. It was a real honour.

Andrew Hung (AH) : Rick from Underworld (who were working with Danny Boyle on the Olympic opening ceremony) contacted us about using our music for the Olympics and we said « YEAH! »

Did that change anything to you (celebrity, …)?

BJP : Not as far as we can tell, no.

AH : Not really. If anything has changed, it’s re-enforced our belief in the music’s reach.

Your new album is called Slow Focus, can you explain this title?

BJP : Once we are at a stage where a track, or for that matter, an album, is close to completion, we tend to start to discuss any mental imagery the that it conjures up for us in our mind’s eye. It’s a very fun part of the process and has almost become a tradition for us. It’s from this that the tracks are given their titles. Slow Focus came about as the album almost felt to me like the moment your eye’s take to readjust after being in a very deep sleep, only to discover you’re in a place that you don’t and the anxiety felt as a result.

You produced Slow Focus on your own (vs with Andrew Weatherall for Tarot Sport). Why? What consequences in the way you worked? How did you work together to compose the songs ?

AH : We learnt so much from working with past producers that it was a logical step for us to attempt that final process of the recording. In fact, we learnt that a lot of our production considerations were being made during the writing process anyway, so the actual recording and producing really wasn’t far off from written tracks.

You said in a previous interview « It’s really important for us to get imagery from music in general« . What imagery did you put in Slow Focus?

AH : The imagery is for the listener to garner so we feel compelled not to rob anyone who enjoys our music of that pleasure.

Slow Focus

You use very special visuals for your album cover : symmetrical circles and forms. What can you say about that? What does the jewelry used for new album mean?

BJP : A sophistication and also a darkness to the image used for the front cover of Slow Focus. The actual piece of jewellery, I picked up at a market when it jumped out at me and caught my attention. There is a story behind it, but one none of us will ever know, as the previous owner is unknown and most probably deceased.

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