Daniel Lanois and Venetian Snares Team Up for Collaborative Album

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Mar 14, 2017

Making for a match in Canadian avant-garde heaven, esteemed soundscapers Daniel Lanois and Venetian Snares are joining forces for a new album, believe it or not.

In case you think that news is too good to be true, Venetian Snares (a.k.a. Aaron Funk) recently broke the news on his Facebook, confirming that he and Lanois are not just collaborating on a track or two but an entire album.

Funk wrote: "Happy to share this song from my ongoing collaboration with Daniel Lanois! We've been recording an album together and will be playing some shows later on in the year, the first being at the Great Hall in Toronto May 31."

For a taste of what the pair are cooking up, they've also shared a lengthy new video of themselves working together in Lanois's Toronto studio on a piece called "Night."

A cryptic statement about the collaborative session reads as follows:

A fly on the wall turned on the camera and captured this studio performance/recording in Toronto.

A rare sighting of this all-Canadian cast - Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois.

This unusual pairing came about after a street corner hang on Bloor and Dovercourt, where Snares agreed to meet Lanois on the neutral ground of a Buddhist Temple.

Canadian violin player, now filmmaker, Sébastien Leblant caught the secret performance on his pocket cam. The quietness of the filming plays nicely against the action packed assault of Venetian Snares.

The liquid steel guitar of Lanois speaks of ancient nature before him.

Rumor has it the boys are regrouping in the spring to add fuel to the release of this music with tour to follow.

You can watch the 10-minute clip down below.

As for Lanois, he had this to say about the project:

As mentioned, Venetian Snares and Lanois are indeed playing a show together at Toronto's Great Hall on May 31. You can get the show details here.


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