Review: Press The Button – “The Button: For Dummies”

Simply put, a mess of found-sound collages that clearly reflect the inspiration of their origins — namely, the bleary-eyed experimentalism of late-night radio. On the disc’s four tracks, a series of remastered MP3s that clock in near 60 minutes, boilerplate jazz-swing soundscapes and piano solos intersect with antiquated (and endlessly looped) instruction in pronouncing English words, cluttered bits of noise, and other audio flotsam and jetsam. The three audiophiles behind the disc may see the method behind the madness but passing listeners may strain to find the obscured Dada messages, Structuralist narratives or larger constructions buried herein. – Punk Planet, July/August 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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