Genres: Urban
Decades: 2000s


This disparate group of musical mavericks is drawn from the membership of several of America’s more avant garde groups, most notably cLOUDDEAD, Themselves and 13 & God. Doseone (Adam Trucker, 21 April 1979, Idaho, USA; vocals, samples), Jeffrey ‘Jel’ Logan (b. Illinois, USA; drum machine), Jordan Dalrymple (b. San Diego, USA; drums, guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Dax Pierson (b. Oakland, California, USA; vocals, harmonica), Alexander Kort (b. Oakland, California, USA; cello), and Marton Dowers (b. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; woodwind, synthesizer) met in Oakland, California in 2001, and bonded over a love of bands with a left-of-centre mentality such as Can, Tortoise and Steely Dan. Subtle formed straight away, and also had a strong art element from the start, which included experimental artist and animator SSSR adding a visual concept. Between 2002 and 2003 they released four EPs, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, on the A Purple 100 label, all a...

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