Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Universally acclaimed as one of the major releases of 2004! ''Venice was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004. Venice, the fourth studio album by Christian Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture. Includes the continuation of his collaboration with David Sylvian on the track 'Transit', following the success of their duo on Sylvian's 2003 solo album, Blemish.'' on the UK Touch label.
Rolling Stone (p.89) - "VENICE, partly recorded in that Italian city, is a long, silvery swim through its lapping canals and antique majesty, refracted through the water-world classicism of mid-1970s Tangerine Dream and the spatial grace of Brian Eno's first ambient recordings."
Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "VENICE manipulates blizzards of static and drone for meditative, occasionally rockish ends, fragments of melody threaded through the abstraction. It's also humanely crafted, with a warmth unusual in the avant-garde."
Magnet (p.115) - "Fennesz reverse-engineers his sounds - found and created - down to a molecular level before rebuilding them into pixelated, undulating waves of emotion."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[F]ull of murmuring electronic siroccos that ripple with echoes of cello here, ghostly pianos there."
Personnel: Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Stangl (guitar).
Recording information: Amann Studios, Vienna, Austria (07/2003-02/2004); Venice, Italy (07/2003-02/2004).
Photographer: Jon Wozencroft.
The follow-up to Fennesz's ENDLESS SUMMER, VENICE dabbles in the delicate, misty atmosphere of its predecessor, and creates a listening experience just as compelling. A glitch artist more concerned with lulling his listeners into dream states than rearranging their neurochemistry, Fennesz balances gorgeous synth textures with idiosyncratic, digitized pulses and bright, hazy melodies. The perfect soundtrack to a meditative stay on a tropical beach--or a similar vacation taken inside one's brain--VENICE should rank high on the must-have list for fans of ambient and experimental electronica.
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