Vert / Small Pieces Loosely Joined
Album: Small Pieces Loosely Joined   Collection:General
Artist:Vert   Added:Nov 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-12-29 Pull Date: 2004-03-01 Charts: Electronic, Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Feb 29 Feb 15 Feb 8 Feb 1 Jan 25 Jan 18 Jan 11
Airplays: 1 4 2 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 24, 2004: Trip Over Zero
Octatone Rag
4. Feb 10, 2004: Trip Over Zero
Octatone Rag
2. Feb 13, 2004: Memory Select
The Ten Thousand Things
5. Feb 09, 2004: Fly by Night
Everything From Shells
3. Feb 12, 2004: 15 Miles til Sunday
2 5 1
6. Feb 05, 2004: 15 Miles til Sunday
Octatone Rag

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-12-26
Layer upon layer of sounds mixed in with some beats and at times piano makes Small Pieces... an album difficult to understand, but at the same time makes you think. Cool sounds, weird sounds, eclectic sounds, modem connecting sounds name it and there's a good chance it's made up part of Vert's latest release. Most tracks would be considered experimental on my part as they dabble with sounds in a lo-fi atmosphere but appear to present a journey of sorts with the more "noisy" elements comprising the beginning tracks progressing to a more relaxed, piano-based finale.
the good: eventhough I'm not a huge fan of this sound, the CD is well done the bad: if you're not into electronic music at all, this might be an album to avoid; it's not straight-forward the ugly: tracks are hard to read on the back
potty-mouth tracks: none; all instrumental

(note: all numbers are out of 10, i.e. 5/10)1.Pattern Matching: short track; starts out with noisy background and ends with piano (7) 2.I Always Lie: some nice reverse loops and pretty good tribal beats; distorted modem sounds (8) 3.Everything From Shells: marimbas; glass breaking; song's distinctly cut in half; check it out (8) 4.The Tenthousand things: another short one; pipe organ; like the use of the doorbell as a melody-maker (8) 5.2 5 1: really, really short; not too interesting; has accordion playing (6) 6.Octatone Rag: predominantly piano track; first half is rag-time style and the latter half is jazz- style; cool track---my fave of the album (9) 7.Always Both: melancholy piano with distortion that almost sounds like rain (7) 8.Sprung: by the sea?; very soothing (8) 9.Against the Diagram Makers: another sad track; sounds like something out of film noir with some distorts in the background; then moves on to piano (8) 10.Turn Right & Straight on til Morning: piano driven track; reminds me of a level in the video game Metroid Prime (8)

review courtesy of rE\dOx

Track Listing
1. Pattern Matching   6. Octatone Rag
2. I Always Lie   7. Always Both
3. Everything From Shells   8. Sprung
4. The Ten Thousand Things   9. Against the Diagram Makers
5. 2 5 1   10. Turn Right & Straight on
  11. Til Morning