Fluorescences [EP]

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AllMusic Review by Francis Arres

Fluorescences showcases the early direction Stereolab has moved into with Dots & Loops, Cobra Phases, and Micro Hunters. This single has dense orchestration with a '60s lounge feel or cool jazz. Horns, flutes, and vibraphone create layers. The vocals of Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen are amazing, building upon one another. The lyrics of "Fluorescences" make the listener pay attention to the senses while you are partaking in a vivid sensory experience with this finely produced music, a comment on environment and the human psychological reactions toward it. Electronics and analog organs blip, bleep, and drone along, echoing the driving rhythms of the other instrumentation. While the other tunes of Fluorescences create texture to form a smooth layer, "Soop Groove #1" takes on a funky nature. Bass holds the funky bottom, creating melody while organs punch away and clean guitars provide the chunky accents. The tune is rhythmic, but flows due to the nature of the delivery of the casual vocals. Sadier creates a melody in the perfect pitch vocals against music that seems difficult to construct into a melody. This single is very successful and a must for any Stereolab fan.

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