• Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    Reviewed by Des (tesselate.me.uk)

    Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    After his considerably light-hearted "Chocolate Wheelchair" album, Aaron Funk returns with the more serious and intricate "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding". The strange title is fitting: it's an album full of metallic, elaborate and evolving tracks, and is a lot darker and more serious than its predecessor. The opener, "Huge Chrome Peach", sets the scene with a light but unsettling synth backed by sharp drums sequenced in the complex style that has become a trademark of Mr. Snares. It's good to see some new ideas being put into use on this album: some circuit bending of a speak and spell is present on tracks "Keek" and personal favourite "Ion Divvy"; there is definitely an 8-bit feel to a lot of the synths overall.

    More attention also seems to have been paid to melody, especially on the beatless track "Aaron" which is one of the most sombre efforts I have heard from the snares man so far, or take "Coke Ajax" which contrasts a slow, skittering beat with a noble and bleakly optimistic string backing. The album on the whole is a relatively dark, brooding and sometimes melanchonly piece of work, although not dark in the same way that his earlier stuff is. Where "Doll Doll Doll", for example, used nightmarish spoken word samples to weave its atmosphere, HCCBU uses subtlety and restraint. All of the tracks share the same dark, edgy atmosphere and it is a ittle samey in places, but on the whole it's very enjoyable.

    There is still the original snares style that fans have grown to love, the brilliantly named "Destroy Glass Castles" for example sounds like a robot attaching a million paperclips to itself and rolling down a mountain made of circuitboards. This is definitely more of a mature sound from Funk and demonstrates his progression technically and musically very well. Although it's easy to be put off by frequency of his releases, this album is well worth checking out if you are interested in this kind of thing. Anyone that liked winter in the belly of a snake is sure to like this just as much, if not more. Smooth.

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