What kind of a ripple are you trying to create? Because there are so many kinds. There's the 2x4 to the face, often effective—I like it a LOT—and then there's the Fluorescent Vibes way: the subtle, the subliminal, the hinted at; the "it's ok if you get it, and it's ok if you don't" brand of putting it out there.
I knew these guys were gold the first time I heard them, or to be more accurate, put on their Possibilities cassette absentmindedly. I asked myself, "Is this an old Eno tape, one that I've played so many times, that it sounds like a band playing across the river, and the river is on fire?! Whoa, no, it's that Fluorescent Vibes thing I just bought from Paul Haney." From this crystal awareness came my invitation to Phillip and Corey to come join us live at the Castle.
And lest you think I'm talking strictly 70s-style Cluster & Eno emanations here, think again. As these sets prove out, Fluorescent Vibes also rock the digital doppler with great finesse, similar to 90s favorites of mine like Microstoria and Hajsch.
These performances are delicate, thoughtful, and cluttered with sonic surprises and engaging, dissonant beauty. A great many thanks to the band for allowing me to title the sets, and that's where my two cents ends appropriately.
Set 1 - How Beautiful the Silence
The usual accolades to Glenn L. for Conny Plank-like sensitivity to the material in his mix of the live session, and to Tracy Widdess for her magical alterations of my crap photos of the band.