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Album Review

Very different from his album debut, Nine Types of Ambiguity reveals Vert as a rhythm-driven sound obsessive with a melodic heart. The digitally stretched tones and clicks that begin the first track "Blindsight" seem the sort of thing that would open an Oval album, but a warm bassline and playful drum programming fall in and establish Vert's pop agenda. This mood is carried forward with "Codfish Dada," which combines a wooden xylophone, toy keyboards, and assorted digital percussion into a wide-eyed soundworld. The rousing "To Doo Is to Be" is streetwise funk updated, Miles Davis "On the Corner" in a virtual neighborhood. The tracks that back away from the beats also work, as Vert is skilled with subtle ambient textures. With Eno-esque drones and persistent piano, "Last Night From a Bus I Saw" recalls Labradford, while the hurdy-gurdy organ melody on "Somewhere Between Here and Last Week" is reminiscent of Nobukazu Takemura. Nine Types of Ambiguity is a diverse album loaded with imagination.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Vert is the name that England's Adam Butler gives his musical projects. Butler's music is rife with the theoretical underpinnings common in electronic music's glitch scene, in addition to being texturally dense with post-Autechre processing. But a strong melodic sensibility sets Vert apart. Because his music is generally listenable and immediately engaging, Vert remains a good starting point for those curious about the abstract side of the Idm equation. The first Vert release was a jungle-inspired...
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