Venetian Snares
Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Pom Poms


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
August 3rd, 2006 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Venetian Snares - Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Pom Poms

After reviewing an earlier album of Venetian Snares' titled Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett, and fixating on how he (Aaron Funk) expanded his pitch-based material instead of his beat-based material, it'd be easy to make some logical progression that he can now release albums that blend the best of both worlds, but that's not the case after listening to Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Pom Poms (which will now be referred to as COGADHPP). I can't tell if his more tangential, Hungarian-themed Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett was a diversion and an experiment, meant to be a project, or if it was really a next logical step forward. COGADHPP doesn't commit to either or those two rationales, and if anything leads me to believe the former, because on the surface this album sounds like most of his others, with a focus on the beat and by having mostly electronic background music, but I like to think there is some progression that shows the twofold forward movement of both beat and melody. This album hints at that progression, but its manifestation is not obvious, and may even be illusory.

For one, the emphasis is definitely back on the beat. The beats are crazy focused and varied. Particularly on songs like "Pwntendo" and "Vache," there are a freaking galaxy of little blips and glitches that are difficult to take in as individual sounds but overall give the songs their frantic energy. Also, instead of having more natural snare and cymbal sounds, he completely embraces a range of inorganic sounds like the Nintendo samples on "Pwntendo" and synthesized Rhodes piano noises on "Cancel." Also, as if consciously making his beats more abstruse and challenging, there are a lot of oddball time signatures, giving crazy flows to even crazier beats. "Cancel" and "Twirl" indulge greatly in a 10/8 feel, and both songs have some of the more dissonant and harsh background harmonies, amping up the intensity even more.

However, as maybe one would infer from his complementary pairing of asymmetric time signatures and grinding dissonances, there's an elegance of matches sounds and pitches that may be suspect on other records. This album is definitely a step up from some of his other "inorganic" offerings of the past, like the awkward heavy yet open percussion mixed with lightly dabbled electronica flairs of Huge Chrome Cylinder (see the song "Huge Chrome Peach"). On this album there are no moments that make me question the pairing, because they all flow very smoothy, or I guess, very juttingly and harshly, based on the desired effect. I feel like COGADHPP benefitted from the expansion into pitched territory that occurred on Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett, in that it didn't necessarily change Vsnares' approach to collecting material and in creating flavors in his songs, but it ingrained an x-factor that always yields tasteful matchings of beats and harmonies, that may have been lacking on other albums.

There is more evidence for this case all over the album. His overall album structure reflects a willingness to lay off at certain moments and allow songs time to build up before becoming really intense. "Plunging Hornets" takes over a quart of its run time to promp the background motif before launching into an actual breakbeat. Tracks like "XIII's Dub" and "P" are much more laid back than his others, allowing "P"'s beatless ambience to prep the listener for the final, and very aggressive track of "Cancel" (which also uses its first quarter to build tension with artificial flute trills before unleashing its breakbeat), and allowing "XIII's Dub"'s creepy atmosphere to cast a slower, more unsettling pall over the album in between really fast breakbeaten tracks. Also, zooming into a microcosmic level, I just prefer his tone and beat choices on a lot of songs. "Pwntendo" is wonderfully kitschy with its invocation of 8-bit noises. Overall, I feel this album, though it in general uses harsher and more aggressive sounds than those found in some albums, is able to maintain a wide variety of tones (jumping from harsh and dark on the opener "Donuts" to smooth on the very next one "Swindon") very casually, as if to round out the album, which as a Venetian Snares one, is invariably going to be weird and fringe. Though this album is no masterpiece, it contains a wider spectrum of sounds, tones, and flavors compared to previous Venetian Snares albums, and feels like a progression, even if mostly in the electronic, beat-based way and via harsher, crazier sounds.

Recommended Tracks: Swindon, Plunging Hornets, Twirl, Cancel



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FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 3rd 2006


2806 Comments


Still no comments on this? Another great Vsnares review.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 4th 2006


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this was the one that everybody had been listening to and there was much discussion to be had. Whatever.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 9th 2006


721 Comments


This is good but it doesn't hold much but chillfactor.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 14th 2006


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like x-factor? As in gives you the chills or just chill as in cool?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 28th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoying this album quite a bit. It is a little brighter soundwise than "Doll Doll Doll" which is kind of brood, but they are both great in their own regards.This Message Edited On 06.28.07

blackmilk
June 28th 2007


584 Comments


"Twirl" is the best here. Aaron Funk manages to make programmed drums sound sad on that song.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 9th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't believe this album hasn't been eaten up by more people on this site. The attention to detail and compositional genius on parts of this album are just absurd. I'm loving relistening to this so much right now.

711
July 9th 2007


1341 Comments


I'm downloading Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett right now, I might end up getting this. This guy is really interesting.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 9th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, Rossz... is absolutely superior and a must-own album but this is great too. For me the recommended tracks are just godly. That doesn't even mention "pwntendo," which actually is top 2 on this album but I discount because of the cheesiness. To be honest the crescendo on that song is maybe the most intelligently detailed and composed passage Aaron Funk has ever composed.

CowGlue
July 27th 2007


32 Comments


i have the hospitality album. the songs on hospitality are the only songs ive heard from venetian snares and judging from those songs, they make go into convulsions...

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude Hospitality sorta sucks. You need to check out this album.This Message Edited On 07.27.07

astrel
July 27th 2007


2614 Comments


This sounds pretty enjoyable, actually.

Zebra
Moderator
July 27th 2007


2647 Comments


I've only heard "Vache" from this album and didn't like it too much. Venetian Snares is really hit or miss for me, sometimes his psychotic beat arrangements are fucking awesome and other times it just sounds like a complete disaster.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well you'd probably be interested in the other album I reviewed, Rossz.... Much more accessible and better even.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I think Rossz is their best album. I picked it up the other day.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


2806 Comments


Songs About My Cats is really good too.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I need that, but I probably will not get that until later on. Dfelon, did you happen to get my submission for the random review game?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which one was it?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmmkayThis Message Edited On 07.27.07

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 27th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did not receive that at all. I'll include it though.



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