Vert (aka Adam Butler) has been away from music for 6 years, apparently writing a novel. He’s back now though, with 11 new tracks making up The Days Within. Melodic and dramatic electronic music, unquestionably the produce of an experienced and inventive producer. Released on the imaginatively-named Shitkatapult label.
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Adam Butler seems to have gone through many phases to get to The Days Within. A one-time experimental electronic composer, one-time songwriter and most recently an author (can’t track down his book so can’t even verify that / skim the plot), Butler is a serial dabbler, pulled this way and that, doing what intrigues him. Does writing a novel affect your musicianship? Well, now that he’s all songy and that, it’s gonna directly influence his lyrics, but the rest is a mystery.
The Days Within is a collection of indistinct songs heard through the lens of electronic tomfoolery with a sad rain constantly pouring all over it. Let’s be clear here: the production on this is glorious, taking you to odd mixtures of sonic places and introducing the ears to textures that could have been made by those academic electroacoustic types. A remnant of his late 90s Cologne years, perhaps. So yes, that hasn’t diminished with the writing of said book. I’m just not sure I’m wholly into the songs themselves, someone compared them to Tom Waits which is kinda accurate but it’s just a bit too overly dreary for this one, but again I’m not the song-y type so really Robin or Clinton should have reviewed that aspect - can we do joint reviews? I review all the production shit and the others do the balladeering and poetry? I can see a bloodbath there. I’m a big fan of 5th one ‘All This Light’ and its 70s woozy mellotron charm, though.
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