My Downfall
Venetian Snares - My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)
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Venetian Snares
My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)

You can usually count on Aaron Funk for a minimum of two releases per year, and 2007 is no different. Earlier this year he released the Pink & Green EP (which found him in full-on gabber attack mode) on Sublight Records, and now he's back with My Downfall (Original Soundtrack). In terms of overall sound, this is the closest thing he's released to a true follow-up of his amazing Rossz Csillag Alatt Született album, which is still my favorite to date. As the title suggests, this new one is probably the most cinematic thing he's ever done, and while he still rocks the crazy beats in places, it's also the most introspective work he's ever released.

The description of "introspective" might sound a bit much considering he's release albums like Winnepeg Is A Frozen Shithole and put out an album comprised entirely of sounds recorded while having sex (Nymphomatriach, with Hecate), but it's true. Like the more orchestrated and thoughtful work that this release seems to be the sequel of, there are plenty of strings and horns here, and multiple-track forays into completely beat-less work. "Colorless" kicks off the release and it's a heck of a start, as a ghostly choir sings the prelude of darker things to come as low rumbles of deep strings groan in the background.

Over the course of the album, there are a batch of shorter, string and vocal-based tracks that make up a majority of the release (offset by longer pieces that are close to his usual style with crazy beat work). "Room 379" takes another choral opening and punctuates it with woodwinds and a boom of strings and synth horns for two minutes of sheer drama, while a good portion of other tracks flirt with string-quartet work, moving from dancing stabs to mournful wails.

Of the fourteen tracks on the album, only four of them have the usual rhythmic workouts, and they've woven into the fabric of the release nicely. "Integration" opens with what sounds like another string study, but is soon fractured by rapid-fire drum bursts and morphs over the final five minutes into something downright crushing. Of all of them, the odd "My Half" (with little warbles of mutant jazz) sounds the most out-of-place, but even it launches back into a more drill and bass / eviscerated classical mode by the end. While his sense of melody with organic instrumentation has gotten better and the transitions between the tracks are largely fluid, My Downfall (Original Soundtrack) doesn't feel like quite the revelation that Rossz Csillag Alatt Született did. That said, it's still a great listen, and amazing proof of Funk's consistency while also being quite prolific.

rating: 7.7510
Aaron Coleman 2007-12-06 20:13:21