"You've Got it Now, You've Done it Now"
clear-rimmed CD single
Genres: experimental, experimental rock
1067 E. Cypress Ave
Burbank, CA 91501 USA
June 21 - 27 2004
They call it "No Romantic." I call it pure
experimentalism. This three-track disc, aesthetically a very
beautiful release, is something that will only be appreciated by the
true avant-garde enthusiast. Tender Buttons, though not
complete strangers to melody, spend the majority of this disc working with noise and avant-garde sounds. The title-track
layers ridiculous vocals over a weird, bassy electronic
background. It has the remarkable distinction of using a verse
that is (arguably) catchier than its "chorus."
Track number two is a cover version of Van Halen's
"Jump," made so low and bassy that it's barely
recognizable. In true Tender Buttons tradition, the
melody is only vaguely performed. The final track is the
noisiest - it's a remix of the first track, as done by Xiu Xiu.
As can be expected, it is nothing like the original; instead, it's
just a couple of audio interludes. The first part is a bit of
noisy wackiness, while the second part is an unusually calming piano
solo that just cuts off clumsily in the end.
Tender Buttons' debut is certainly an unusual thing.
You'll either love it, or you'll hate it, or you won't get it at all.
The risk is up to you.
[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]