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Holding Space

James L. Venable

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Holding Space Holds Its Own

The music of James Venable takes me places. In Holding Space that journey pulls me across the floors of smoky dance clubs, through the glittery techno scene of Tokyo, and lands me smack dab in the middle of a television cartoon via a grinding hypnosis of repetitive, spiraling, dizziness. I love it. I first heard the music Venable with my son while watching the animated show Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. During the sixty second of the show’s theme song Venable creates a bizarre yet thoroughly enjoyable audio circus – a montage that evokes the Beatles, Scott Joplin, Sid & Marty Kroft, it even has a retrospective grunge moment. It’s such a fun song that I actually use it in my CD alarm clock as the opening anthem for my day. My wife has ceased the find the early morning amusement in this after several weeks. I still love it. It turns out that Venable has actually created quite a name for himself in this niche, producing music for animated shows as well as soundtracks for movies. Put simply, Holding Space is enjoyable and compelling. It is a great techno album but many times you will find yourself thinking that the album is so much more than techno. Some segments of the music will taunt you, others will haunt you. You’ll hear them in your head hours after you powered down the iPod. Casing point – the song Happy Ending. I have absolutely no idea what the Japanese ladies are saying in this song, but I still find myself compelled to move to the music, often in an embarrassing choreography of stylized robot dancing. Eventually you may catch me in this dance, and at that point I’ll share the music and the reason I am forced to move. Once you give the album a whirl you’ll do what I did and seek out more diverse fun from this eclectic, talented musician.

"It's got a good beat, and I can dance to it!"

I'm seriously assuming that the two people who gave this CD one star didn't even bother to download the entire album (or even one song!). Seriously, Holding Space is an awesome album for anyone who likes techno/dance music or who just likes to party hearty. I found out about James after doing a search for tracks from the Powerpuff Girls Movie (which I HIGHLY recommend you download from his website, especially "Monkey on the Loose"). This entire CD really does remind me a lot of work he's done for Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Samurai Jack, and the PPGs, and not just because there are two demo tracks of music for that show on here! All of the songs on here are very cartoon-y in style, very catchy, and totally rockin': perfect songs to party down with. My personal favorites are "party boy", "happy ending", and "take Off Your Clothes", so if you want a taste of what the entire album's like, I recommend downloading those songs first and listening to them for a while. Overall, DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM! You really won't be disappointed.

What in the world...?

I somehow came across this album as I was itunes searching, and it is some of the most bazarr music I have ever heard

Holding Space, James L. Venable
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