• Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született

    Reviewed by Tom Meluch (atmosphere)

    <b> Venetian Snares </b> - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született

    As I found out the other week when going to see Venetian Snares’ first Detroit performance, a certain sect of rave culture is still holding on to the dream. Baggy pants and pleather coats seemed to be the order of the night, unfortunately, and the breakcore antics of Snares (aka Aaron Funk of Winnipeg) evidently did not disappoint them. Good show, but Detroit proved again its ultimate horribleness when, after the show, all of Funk’s equipment was stolen...way to go, eh? Anyway, the latest Snares album in a ridiculously prolific catalog of more than a dozen in 4 years, Rossz Csillag Allat Született, sounds as though someone absconded with Funk’s equipment long ago, forcing him to re-craft a new sound from scratch. A rumor tells that he bought a violin and taught himself to play which, if its true, is an astonishing feat in this case – most of the tracks, though still steeped in the 7/4 drum & bass patterns we all love, are overtly symphonic, relying on strings, piano, saxophone, and the odd jazz rhythm to get from A to B. Other recent Venetian Snares works like the Infolepsy EP present increasingly intense strains of his usual process of sonic evisceration, though Rossz forgoes intensity for mystery, as tracks like “Hajnal” use the lilting violin to its most inspiring end amidst a progressively Bernard Herrmann-esque arrangement. Numerous times while the album was playing I had to, in fact, check the stereo to make sure it was still the same record, a fact which, since everything here is so rich and developed, is remarkable in itself. And the fact that Funk has the talent and wit to get raver kids to dance to an amazingly well-placed Billie Holiday sample, well that’s just awesome.

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