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Those not already familiar with the music of Austrian-born Christian Fennesz might find the initial experience disconcerting — this is electronic but beatless terrain, full of tiny irruptions, pockmarks and hiccoughs, a semi-abstract, synthetic mess of malfunctions. This is glitch, a genre invented, electronica legend has it, when another Austrian, Stephan Betke, aka Pole, dropped one of his studio mics and was intrigued by the hisses and crackles it made in its broken state.
Venice elevates glitch, however, from a transient, futuristic fad into something altogether more poignant and symphonic. Whereas many electronica artists, you suspect, have got their shtick down to a default setting or random programme, able to generate new material by the yard at the push of a button, with Fennesz it's a fine art — he clearly labours at and sculpts his pieces. Venice might seem like it's all a surface swell of fuzz and blips and feedback at first glimpse but it's the skeleton of form and melody which informs the contours, direction and viscosity of these sounds.
The dark blue hues of the album's sleeve art are reflected in opener “Rivers of Sand,” whose dawning grandeur reminds more of Vaughn Williams than any of… read more »