For all the funky ambitions of these songs, they feel more thought up than felt, and though the best moments will get you nodding your head, that's about all Vibrate on Silent can manage.
Andras Fox is a project from Melbourne-based musician A.r.t. Wilson, and the six songs on Vibrate on Silent present a united sound. It's clear from the lean percussion and warm keyboards at the front of "Ankle Snapper" that Wilson is engaged in smooth, light funk tunes. You could call this 8-bit, from the artwork on down, if it didn't have such a blinding production sheen. It's the kind of music that wants to get you dancing, fast or slow, but the songs are too often stuck in limbo.
"So Glad" is so dreamy it almost nods off halfway through where the keys fall silent and the percussion doesn't fill enough space. "Pontoon" also ignores rhythm in favor of airy synth melodies, and if the bass work in the second half of the song does bring it to life, it may do so too late. For all the funky ambitions of these songs, they feel more thought up than felt, and though the best moments will get you nodding your head, that's about all Vibrate on Silent can manage. It's laid-back music that never finds enough urgency to help you relax into it. If the beats got beefed up here, if this could push past monochromatic leisure, there are some curious and funky turns to explore in these songs. They just don't get enough attention here.