• Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    Reviewed by Gary Suarez (brainwashed.com)

    <b> Venetian Snares </b> - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    Despite his efforts to write a melodic album distanced from the beat-driven erraticism and pop culture plunderphonics that have defined much of his work to date, Aaron Funk's eleventh album as Venetian Snares sounds like something Richard D. James saved to diskette and threw in a corner. In all honesty if I had received this CD without any artwork or indication of artist name, I would have written it off as another Aphex Twin/Autechre/Mu-Ziq wannabe and thrown it in the pile to be forgotten. The greatest fault of Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding lies in its lack of the mix of eccentric charms and sinister overtones found on previous releases like Horse and Goat, Find Candace, and the now-classic Doll Doll Doll. The sameness of the material makes the majority of the songs practically indistinguishable from eachother, making it difficult to latch on to any one in particular. Gurgling MOS6581 sound chip melodies and spastic percussion litter tracks like "Bonivital," "Coke Ajax," and "Nineteen1319" with little variation to speak of. "Keek" employs Speak N Math equation gibberish to accent its tinny atmospheres while "Vida" fuses together Commodore 64 tones and glitchy hip hop with spotty results. OK, Aaron, we get it. You like oldschool video game sounds. Thanks for clarifying. From reading my descriptions here, some readers might be confused as to why I have such a negative view of this release. To them I would say that good intentions and seemingly clever ideas are often far less enjoyable when implemented musically, as is the case here. To be clear, Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding is not an unlistenable affair, and without a doubt stands as Funk's most accessible release to date. Still, after making a name for himself with music that is equally challenging and entertaining, this derivative release ranks as an unmemorable entry in his relatively strong catalog.

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