Andrew Hung
Realisationship


4.0
excellent

Review

by anatelier CONTRIBUTOR (23 Reviews)
November 15th, 2017 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: selling shit for christmas cake

Blanck Mass’ World Eater is almost entirely what you would expect to come from one half of Fuck Buttons – layers and layers of sound, altogether strident and gorgeous, superlatively rewarding in the breadth of its crescendo. Raised in the same jagged caves as Tarot Sport and Slow Focus, its form of combat is almost feral. It exudes a boldness. It lives to conquer. Its album art is a macro of a dog’s gnarled, bared teeth. And here is Realisationship, from the other half of Fuck Buttons, with a knitted portrait of Andrew Hung.

It transpires, though, that Realisationship does also serve to be bold. Hung’s decision to sing on this album, be it to its detriment or otherwise, was not an easy one for him to make. His voice is clumsy, and it falters and fails, but by those virtues it’s also – actually – completely riveting. He combines it, quite cleverly, with production that at first sounds slipshod but reveals itself to be rich and calculated – hawkish synth lines become rounded by thick drumbeats and flitters of guitar, and little aural oddities reveal themselves and fluff the album out like Polyfilla.

It’s a victory for the head-inhibitor, when tracks like ‘Private Commercial’ can bravely belt out “Walking in the park, I feel like such a fucking fool” and “I’m like a nervous racehorse”, whilst still carrying itself with its chin pointed decidedly forward. On ‘Elbow’, frivolous, primitive melodies explode with glee as Hung jilts a boring friend/lover, almost braggadocious with his newfound confidence. Even the bared-teeth bravado of World Eater is kind of channeled with ‘Animal’, with the aplomb steered into darker territories, a mounting post-punk congress of angry synths and caustic guitar enveloping Hung’s vessel-busting, tryhard shouts and snarls.

It was never going to turn heads in the same way as Blanck Mass has, but Realisationship excels for its faults. And it doesn’t particularly matter if its chest is puffed out, “Napoleon complex” adorning the badge it wears – all of the reasons why you shouldn’t like it are what make it peculiarly palatable. Midway through the record, Hung wails “even whispers break a silence, time and pressure make a diamond”. By the end, he’s crooning “can’t you see that I’m just trying to open your eyes." Just, please, give him some attention.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Animal' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ0Lgq6Qt_M

zakalwe
November 15th 2017


23744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good work son. Bloody love this album.

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just arrived in the post along with the Michael Chapman - lovely timing

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Closer is indeed one of the songs on 2017 ☝️

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for some reason the site doesn't like question marks in reviews and is changing them to speech marks

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s hit us all - My Therapy? review is in tatters

BlacKapes
November 15th 2017


1927 Comments


more like andrew BUNGHOLE

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

andrew lildick

verdant
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2017


1925 Comments


you're an excellent writer

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will spin the full album for the first time in a while today, been playing the last two songs a lot.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sugar puffz makez me hazey?

zakalwe
November 16th 2017


23744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s a charmer. I really have been impressed with this one.

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sugar pops is the weak link here but I have lots of time for all the other tracks. I think elbow is my favourite

zakalwe
November 16th 2017


23744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shadow

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


17127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I even like ‘sugar pops’



Vocals are incredible on this

osmark86
November 16th 2017


5623 Comments


thought it was youtube musician Andrew Huang at first glance.

rasputin
November 16th 2017


14956 Comments


i thought it was William Hung at first

disappointed it's not

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

animal is a filthy track

SitarHero
November 16th 2017


6062 Comments


So...this isn't the "she bang she bang" American Idol guy?

sixdegrees
November 16th 2017


2265 Comments


that was my original comment

got me for second lol

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